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The classical theory of fields, (Their Course of theoretical physics) Hardcover – 1951
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To put it simply, the derivation of Maxwell's equations are stunning. I have never seen a clearer, more convincing treatment. And as we have come to expect from this series, it is almost impossible to find any flaws(except for some typos which unfortunately still exist even in the most recent reprint.) The sections on radiation of electromagnetic waves and
The treatment of relativity is very consice and it is rather unfortunate that we could not get a more detailed exposition on the subject from Landau. It would have been extremely interesting to see what Landau would have had to say had he written this section after the "Golden Area for Black Holes Rsearch" As it is the discussion of Relativity from, as is to be expected, a principle of least action(Hilbert Action) is very cleverly done. Every section of the book is very physically motivated rather than purely geometric arguments. Reading this book gives you a fairly good intuitive understanding for the actual physics involved rather than simply an ability to write and solve field equations.
It might be a very good idea to read some sections of their Vol1.Read more ›
This book is for those who want to do physics, and it teaches one to do physics the way physicists do it. It is the second volume in L&L's Course on Theoretical Physics; it follows the volume on Mechanics. And the next logical topic is relativity. So this book starts out with special relativity, four-vectors, relativistic mechanics, and particle decay and scattering.
But then we proceed to what I think really needs to come next, namely a discussion of electromagnetic fields. We derive Maxwell's equations. We learn a little about optics. And then we get to the field of moving charges, and radiation of electromagnetic waves. These are very important topics. If I were teaching a class on relativity, I'd make good use of these two chapters. I think it is very instructive to learn about the field of an accelerating charge.
The sections on general relativity are especially well written. And we learn how to work all sorts of general relativity problems, such as finding the radiated energy and angular momentum loss for a system of two bodies moving in elliptical orbits. The icing on the cake is a short chapter on cosmology.
This is the way to learn physics.
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How the subject should be taught; masterfully presented...
Landau was a master: Concise, insightful, and capable of prodding the student's intellect to solve problems for... Read more
Its a very good textbook for studying Electrodynamics as a graduate student. L. D. Landau solves problems in a very elegant way, and you'll definitely learn a lot from his books,... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Guilherme Gomide
I have read the old version in French which was very concise and the new one is even more concise.
Landau & Lipchitz do not need recommendation as I think they are the best... Read more
Butterworth-Heinemann must be run by a bunch of uneducated villagers.
They have zero respect to this set of wonderful textbooks by publishing
the books with the lowest... Read more
I'm sorry, but I don't agree with everyone on Landau. His book is just an archaic and confusing take on electrodynamics. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Nathan Walruscaptain
This is a great upper-level E&M book. Every problem in the book has at least a partial solution to get you started and many have complete solutions. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by S. Galica