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Classical Electricity and Magnetism: Second Edition (Dover Books on Physics) 2nd Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Books on Physics
  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 2 edition (January 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486439240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486439242
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Hanno Essen on February 14, 2007
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I am writing this review to balance the review by the dissatisfied student. Do not believe it. Panofsky and Phillips is one of the great graduate level books on classical electrodynamics. It is comparable in level and quality to Landau and Lifshitz and to Jackson. As the student reveiwer implies it may be a bit less concise and somewhat more talkative than those two, but the explanations given are often profund and can be of great value to the serious, mature, and literate student. This book really belongs to a decent library on electromagnetism.
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I'm so thrilled to see that this book is back in print. It is vastly superior to the standard text (Jackson) used in most graduate physics programs. The explanations are concise but clear; and they help the student develop good physical insight. My only real criticism of this book is that the mathematical notation is a bit unwieldy, but it's used consistently throughout the entire text so that's not really a problem after you get through the first couple of chapters and get used to it. If you could have only one graduate level E & M book, this would be the one to get.
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I have been going through electricity and magnetism books to find a good text at the graduate level and recently started to reread this one. Since originally finding this book (in the 1962 hardback edition) at a library sale as a grad student I have taught graduate electricity and magnetism and undergraduate electromagnetism classes from both Jackson and Griffiths as a professor. Griffiths was very clear but Jackson was just painful to use. Panofsky and Philips is a fairly old text, so I didn't pull it off the shelf. I should have.

Reading Panofsky and Philips again, the things that seemed obscure at when I was a grad student turned out to be the things I had worked out while making notes on Griffiths as a professor. The discussion is deeper though and goes into more detail with references to the literature that are really helpful and always motivated by the physics. Where Jackson is just opaque and obscure the discussions of difficulties here are logical and clear. It could use more examples and problems. The units are MKS which is helpful if you learned from Griffiths. Really outstanding text though I would supplement it with a problem book to get the full benefit.
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This is a wonderful book that focuses more on physics than on the mathematical techniques. It is one of the few books still in print to deal with topics like a) stresses in fluids and solids due to external electromagnetic fields, b) Maxwell equations in moving media in the non-relativistic case or c) use of complex variables in solving potential problems.

Unlike Jackson's book that promises to prepare the reader to handle research problems in theoretical physics by teaching the necessary mathematical methods, Panofsky and Phillips focus on electromagnetism alone and do a wonderful job.

I think this is a good graduate level book and if read with its contemporaries like Stratton's Electromagnetic Theory or Smythe's Static and Dynamic Electricity, it can provide a formidable foundation in the subject.
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By now I have read five or six chapters, and I must say that I am very impressed.
It is surely the best graduate level book on Electromagnetism I have ever read.
The author manages to achieve a very good balance between physics and mathematics.
Some things that are not clear (and indeed look like very tricky) in other books, here appear naturally and in a very logical and clear way.
The explanations are very insighful and offer you very interesting connections whithin the EM Theory.
Definitely, it is an excellent book, and in my opinion, it deserves to be the standard graduate EM text more than others that currently have this consideration.
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