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Daniel Fleisch
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Jan. 28 2008 0521701473 978-0521701471 1
Gauss's law for electric fields, Gauss's law for magnetic fields, Faraday's law, and the Ampere-Maxwell law are four of the most influential equations in science. In this guide for students, each equation is the subject of an entire chapter, with detailed, plain-language explanations of the physical meaning of each symbol in the equation, for both the integral and differential forms. The final chapter shows how Maxwell's equations may be combined to produce the wave equation, the basis for the electromagnetic theory of light. This book is a wonderful resource for undergraduate and graduate courses in electromagnetism and electromagnetics. A website hosted by the author at www.cambridge.org/9780521701471 contains interactive solutions to every problem in the text as well as audio podcasts to walk students through each chapter.

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'Professor Fleisch is a great scientific communicator.' electronicdesign.com

'... good examples and problems are given so the student can practice the skills being taught.' IEEE Microwave Magazine

'... its virtue ... is to address, through judicious selection of material and masterful repetition of important facts, the needs of a student who finds lectures and textbooks hard to understand, too complex, and besides the point of doing the assigned problems. ... Students who are struggling with the material will love the Guide. The Guide is a well-written, concise, honest tool that delivers just what it promises.' American Journal of Physics

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Maxwell's equations are four of the most influential equations in science. In this book, each equation is the subject of an entire chapter, making it a wonderful resource for undergraduate and graduate courses in electromagnetism and electromagnetics. Audio podcasts and solutions to the problems are available at www.cambridge.org/9780521701471.

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I dont know how many ways I can say, I loved this book sooo much. When I was simply trying to understand the Maxwell's equations, this book saved me. Guess what, this book would refresh concept even from the very basic vector dot product, cross product etc, so there is no chance that, the reader will find some concepts inaccessible. It covers what is divergence, what is gradient, what is Curl etc (even though, I would recommend the reader to get the concept of Divergence, Curl, Gradient cleared before reading this book; the reader can get those concepts from Khan Academy online). This book explained well 'what is path integral', 'what is surface integral', 'why there is a circle sign in the middle of a integral operator' etc.

Anyway, I wont believe that, someone who understands calculus, wont understand maxwell's equations even after reading this very thin book with very less effort. The reader does not even need to be a master of calculus. If a partial derivative and Integral operator makes sense to the reader, he/she will find this book accessible.

In the last chapter, (chapter 5), the author derived the Electromagnetic wave equations from maxwell's equation. That part was the most exciting part for me as I was simply waiting for learning that. If the reader knows that, a Wave Equation can be expressed in second order partial derivative form, then, this chapter will makes sense. This book did not explain where and how we got the Wave equation using second order partial derivative. I think, the author could explain that in a paragraph by writing few lines. As I was already familiar with wave equation, I did not have any problem understanding that part. Anyway, I find my every penny worth and I feel myself fortunate that I bought this book.
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Compared to many books in this area a student will find this one easier to follow. While not sufficient for an upper level course (at least by itself) it is a very useful first book, and inexpensively priced.
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I highly recommend this book. Sometimes, we know them mathematically, but outside the real world. It is very nice to see them in action. I am happy with my purchase
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