An engaging writing style and a strong focus on the physics make this comprehensive, graduate-level textbook unique among existing classical electromagnetism textbooks. Charged particles in vacuum and the electrodynamics of continuous media are given equal attention in discussions of electrostatics, magnetostatics, quasistatics, conservation laws, wave propagation, radiation, scattering, special relativity, and field theory. Extensive use of qualitative arguments similar to those used by working physicists makes Modern Electrodynamics a must-have for every student of this subject. In 24 chapters, the textbook covers many more topics than can be presented in a typical two-semester course, making it easy for instructors to tailor courses to their specific needs. Close to 120 worked examples and 80 applications boxes help the reader build physical intuition and develop technical skill. Nearly 600 end-of-chapter homework problems encourage students to engage actively with the material. A solutions manual is available for instructors at www.cambridge.org/Zangwill.Read more
- A comprehensive treatment of electrodynamics, including modern developments
- Features nearly 600 end-of-chapter problems (many original) of varying difficulty
- A complete solutions manual is available to instructors
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"An outstanding achievement on so many levels, including scope, depth, insight, pedagogy, and historical background. It will become an instant classic."
John D. Joannopoulos, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologySee more reviews
"Zangwill’s recreation of classical electromagnetic theory will surely become the standard text on the subject. His comprehensive and scholarly treatment clarifies subtle points that are often ignored or concealed."
Sir Michael Berry, University of Bristol
"I am happy to recommend this book. It is carefully and creatively organized, clearly written, and has many, many interesting problems to solve."
Gerald A. Miller, University of Washington
"This book richly deserves the word 'modern' in its title. Zangwill develops an intuitive picture of electrodynamics that will be a great resource for all."
Rob Phillips, California Institute of Technology
"I am impressed by the careful and thorough way this book addresses subtle questions like the behavior of electromagnetic fields in dielectric matter. It will be an essential resource for both researchers and teachers who are not willing to sweep this and other delicate issues under the rug."
Alain Aspect, Institut d’Optique and Ecole Polytechnique
"Zangwill has written an excellent graduate textbook, with a large number of carefully chosen problems and examples. Boxes describing interesting and quirky applications add color to the presentation and references to quantum mechanics and modern topics will surely engage students."
R. Merlin, University of Michigan
"This comprehensive textbook gives refreshing insights into classical electrodynamics, with emphasis on the physics without sacrificing mathematical rigor. I particularly like the numerous worked examples and sections on applications, which show the relevance of the topics to modern research. The problems, with comprehensive solutions for the busy instructor, will be excellent for students to get to grips with the material."
Shirley Chiang, University of California, Davis
"Modern Electrodynamics is not just another book on electromagnetism. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the material, but also covers more advanced topics than are typically found in other volumes. The quotations from historical sources are particularly useful and engaging. Though addressed to engineers, there is also a strong focus on physics. Relationships to quantum electrodynamics are presented, and historical and axiomatic aspects are surprisingly well accounted for. The volume covers many more subjects than can be presented in a typical two-semester course, so instructors can choose topics that meet their specific needs. Numerous worked examples and applications boxes help the reader build physical intuition and develop technical skill. Nearly 600 end-of-chapter homework problems encourage students to engage actively with the material. A very useful solutions manual is available for registered and validated instructors at www.cambridge.org/Zangwill."
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"I enjoyed examining this handsome book, finding favorite topics described in fresh ways and learning about other topics. Zangwill’s writing and mathematical demonstrations are crisp and to the point, and they generally complement each other well. Sprinkled throughout are various gems of historical and scientific interest."
"… clear and modern … very well structured … could make a hit in the textbook market and, more importantly, could have a serious impact on the future writing style of books on electromagnetics. This book is one of the best books about electrodynamics I have read, up to now. It greatly contributes to the development of physical understanding, is already used heavily within my research group, and is thus highly recommended."
Radio Science Bulletin
12th Jun 2018 by DonaldP
This is an excellent in-depth treatment of classical electrodynamics and of the classical interaction of matter with the electromagnetic field. There are many examples and applications which are worked out in detail and add greatly to one's understanding and to one's enjoyment. SI units are used throughout. I found Chapter 1 on Mathematical Preliminaries and Chapter 22 on Special Relativity especially useful. But the entire book is a joy to read. However, Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics Third Edition remains a very valuable textbook, since each has material that the other does not. Both books are on the same level, but I prefer the presentation style of Zangwill's book.
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- Date Published: December 2012
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521896979
- length: 998 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 194 x 40 mm
- weight: 1.72kg
- contains: 515 b/w illus. 579 exercises
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Mathematical preliminaries
2. The Maxwell equations
4. Electric multipoles
5. Conducting matter
6. Dielectric matter
7. Laplace's Equation
8. Poisson's Equation
9. Steady current
11. Magnetic multipoles
12. Magnetic force and energy
13. Magnetic matter
14. Dynamic and quasistatic fields
15. General electromagnetic fields
16. Waves in vacuum
17. Waves in simple matter
18. Waves in dispersive matter
19. Guided and confined waves
20. Retardation and radiation
21. Scattering and diffraction
22. Special relativity
23. Fields from moving charges
24. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods
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