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-- I have visited this review three times now. I wrote it as an undergraduate, edited as a graduate student, and now I'm editing it again as a professional with a little more experience. After reading through this review I fear that an instructor, searching Amazon for a text for the upcoming academic year, might think that I am recommending Jackson over Griffiths for an undergraduate course. Heck no. Griffiths is the best book you will find on the subject for an undergraduate junior/senior level textbook. It is a must have text for students new to the field, as it is well written, quite readable, and worth keeping. The text speaks to the student, not the instructor. While you, as the instructor, might know that there is a lot more to the field than is covered in this text, you must set that aside and realize that this book is the best for your students who are still learning. This book is a foundation that will give them the experience and confidence to eventually tackle more difficult texts like Jackson (though I still wonder if anyone could possibly master that text). My original review follows. --
I orignially wrote a review for this book as an undergraduate. In that review, I credited Griffiths with a knack for presenting information in a clever and entertaining way. I still believe this is true. At the time, I also said that Griffiths included precise and complete examples. Looking back, I no longer believe this is true.
When I first started using this book, I was under the impression that Griffiths had discovered a method in the way of writing textbooks that was totally superior to all other authors of similar background.Read more ›
Here are a few flaws. The first half of the book is much more complete. Perhaps, Griffiths became weary after chapter 7. There are indications. Figures and references are fewer. Surprisingly, the third edition did not correct this imbalance. It is essentially the second edition with some renumbering of sections and problems (making the second edition less valuable as a used book). An even bigger surprise is that in the third edition some examples became problems!
The text is often too brief. If you want the full text of subtle arguments, go to Purcell. Compare, for example, the two discussions of the average field, or the two discussions on multipole expansions.
A more striking difference between Purcell and Griffiths is the special relativity connection. In Purcell it is the heart of the discussion of magnetism. With just the transformation of forces between frames, magnetism appears. In Griffiths it is the last chapter. Griffiths is very formal with superscripts and subscripts unleased in full force.
The book (like Jackson) is often a vehicle to teach mathematical physics. There is very little real life electricity and magnetism in Griffiths, e.g. no bubble jet printers in electrostatics, no magnetic tape in magnetism. We need to look elsewhere for practical matters.
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I will keep it really short. Of all the academic books (on physics and mathematics) I have read so far, this book is the best for me PEDAGOGICALLY.Published 1 day ago by Shashwat Tanay
I recently had reason the reread my Ungrad. copy of Griffiths' E&M text book. In my opinion, this is truly one of the great text books. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Armand P. Martin
This is simply an older edition of the 4th edition. The text is outstanding, the examples are very instructive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing book that gives great instruction to the math and concepts needed to understand electrodynamicsPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Can be a little dense but, its a technical book so... Thats how it goesPublished 10 months ago by Jorge Espinosa
I've always like Griffiths. Definitely my favorite introduction to E and M. Recommended for introduction. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dino Deano