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Classical Electrodynamics Hardcover – Aug 10 1998
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A revision of the defining book covering the physics and classical mathematics necessary to understand electromagnetic fields in materials and at surfaces and interfaces. The third edition has been revised to address the changes in emphasis and applications that have occurred in the past twenty years.
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As a text it is a polarizer. I don't know where I stand on the issue... It is ok... I did well in my grad course on the topic but that may be because of Landau's text. My MSc supervisor introduced me to Landau's book's and I am doing my best to get through them all. If you don't know about them YOU SHOULD GO BUY THEM ALL.
What sets this book apart is the focus on physics is perfect as we understand E&M theory at this point. Unlike other imperfect college texts like Lorraine and Courson, this book contains no errors. While some may no like "and the proof is left to the reader", the book is meant to teach people who are focused on physics but can describe the process mathematically as well as in regular language.
The assumption is that there has already been a rigorous introduction of both physics and mathematics so this book is NOT a casual read.
The beauty of this book is that it's not just teaching knowledge but it teaches one how to think. To those who can rise to the occasion and draw upon their education, professors and peers, there is the satisfaction of really understanding E&M clearly and concisely.
To those who only seek rote knowledge, this book will be too challenging.
The title of my review just about sums my opinion on this "classic" grad electrodynamics text. The book kind of [stinks] as a textbook, but there is nothing even remotely close to it in scope out there.
So like a previous reviewer said: "Jackson's here to stay; GET USED TO IT!!"
...P>For those who still want my opinion on the specifics of this book (I promise, they won't help you-- you still have to get through Jackson!) I offer the following brief comments, some of which you may have heard before, some which may be new:
(1) The problems are hard. Damn hard. Someone else already said that, and I agree. What I WILL add, however, is that some of the problems are also simply STUPID and a waste of time, offering or enhancing physical understanding very little if at all. (Don't get me wrong-- there are some problems which, while hard, are also pretty darn cool. Unfortunately, there are too many of the other kind, too.) The type of problems I am talking about are of the following ilk: "Prove the following six-term vector identity;" "Re-derive equation #72 for a transverse magnetic field'" "Prove equation #27." Quite simply: WHO CARES!?!
(2) While the volume is pretty encyclopedic, it is often hard to follow. Jackson often simply states things in the text without explaining where they come from, how they are derived, or why they are important,--- for example, as I read the text, I began to hate the two words "we see," which are used is cases like (paraphrasing now) "Therefore, we see the following relationship holds"---when it was not at all clear to me where the heck this relationship was coming from! I often felt stupid because, in fact, I often did NOT "see" at all!!!Read more ›
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It's Jackson's. If you need to read a review to know if you want it, you probably don't need it.Published 3 months ago by Mercedes
This is one hard nut to crack. Make sure you already are proficient with EM and relativity before you start this book.Published on Feb. 12 2011 by Jacob Jacobson
This book (I use the term loosely) stinks. Some reviewers suggest that you can only appreciate this book if you already have a solid foundation in math and Electromagnetics. Read morePublished on May 14 2004
I like Jackson, but I think that most people don't.
Anyway, the reason I'm writing this is to tell the
Reviewer from July 12, 2000 that Jackson DID write
another... Read more
This book seems to just show how well Jackson knows E&M, but does not lead us readers well to know the subject. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003
I believe the main reason that this book remains the standard graduate-level E&M text is "inertia". Your prof used it, and so you will, too. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003
Having been through the torture imposed by all graduate programs in physics, I think we all agree that although Jackson's text is an excellent reference and a superb supplementary... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by A. B. Kaye
Jacksons text still remains as the classic text for E and M. The problems are challenging and difficult I do admit. Read morePublished on June 23 2003 by ncr
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