- Series: Dover Books on Physics
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (October 1, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486649261
- ISBN-13: 978-0486649269
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Physics of Waves (Dover Books on Physics) Reprint Edition
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Because of the increasing demands and complexity of undergraduate physics courses it is often impossible to devote separate courses to the classic wave phenomena of optics, acoustics, and electromagnetic radiation. This brief but comprehensive text helps alleviate the problem with a unique overview of classical wave theory in one volume.
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The book is originally from the 1960s; it is not the most modern or up-to-date book on waves. Despite this, the fundamentals really never change, and this book has a pretty good pedagogical side to it. I would not recommend this as a book to introduce waves with, or to use in any sort of introductory sense (possibly in conjunction with a standard textbook). I would recommend the book to be read after the details and examples of the basics have been covered. This book will help the reader to fit the ideas already learned into the larger framework of physics and waves, by introducing a few new ideas and covering previous ideas in a slightly different way.
Comparatively, the book Almost All About Waves is about equivalent to chapter 8 of this book. This book does much better introducing things deliberately and covers much more ground, and I think is therefore much more useful.
(1) This is not a book for a undergrad taking any wave class for the first time
(2) It's such a great summary book for grad students who already learned waves at least once (EM/acoustic). Reading this book is such an enjoyable experience, that scattered knowledge of waves finally merges together, and different physics eventually turn out to be just some special treatment to the same wave equation (mathematically).
it's a great book for student who really want to have a profound understanding of what really wave is, but it might be a bad one if you just want to pass your exam.Physics of Waves
However, the introduction to tensors in chapter 7 and their application to more complex elastic theory was horrible. The dyadic notation they use is really old-fashioned and their presentation is confusing. The stuff in chapter 12 on fourier transforms and integrals wasn't that great either.
More generally, the problem is that it spends too much time diving into excruciating detail without teaching and emphasizing important concepts. Not to mention the fact that there are no example problems.