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The Electromagnetic Field (Dover Books on Physics) [Paperback]

Albert Shadowitz
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17 Mar 2003 Dover Books on Physics
Directed to advanced undergraduates in physics or electrical engineering, this comprehensive text covers electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic theory, and related topics, including relativity. Each section includes worked examples and 15 to 25 problems, with solutions for odd-number problems only. 1975 edition.

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (17 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486656608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486656601
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.1 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 544,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Book goes beyond classical text(state theory, give minimal amount of related examples, move on, etc..) Author is an educator(not just an instructor) and the strengths of the book are in the extent to which he attempts(and succeeds) to illuminate the subject so that every facet of it is clearly revealed. Well Done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding example of good pedagogy 10 Jan 2002
By Assaf Tal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Most EM texts out there are overpriced and underwritten. They use color drawings and shiny, glossy pages to make up for lack of content. Shadowitz's book is the exact opposite: it's a dover edition, which means it's cheap and doesn't look as good. But this is one of those cases in which you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
Shadowitz is everything a serious student would like: it covers 1st/2nd year electromagnetism with great detail. It covers many topics, from basic electrostatics and vector analysis, to radiation theory and special relativity. The explanations are always kept clear. A physical context is always provided. Many solved examples are scattered throughout the text. The problems are instructive and odd-numbered ones have solutions at the end of the book. I simply cannot feel sorry that not all books are as good as this one. Although with most Dover books you get what you pay for (which isn't much), this book is an exception. Even if you're studying advanced EM and are using, say, Jackson's text, Shadowitz's text makes a great companion.
I have a few minor quibbles with the book, mainly its use of SI units, but Shadowitz provides appendices which explain how to convert between the various systems.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electromagnetics Explained 8 Aug 2007
By JC Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"The Electromagnetic Field" is the best book on electromagnetics I have read. Shadowitz treats electrostatics and magneostatics in a interwoven manner rather then in two parallel strands which makes it easier to digest the information as you can compare and contrast the two while they are still fresh in your mind.

Included also are two chapters on special relativity, an introduction to tensors and electrodynamics, and of course Maxwell's Equations. Answers to the odd number problems are in the back of the book which is extremely helpful for someone trying to learn this on their own. There is also a chapter on radiation which is one of the best introductions on the subject I have found.

I would recommend if one can find it "Basic Electromagnetic Theory" by Demetrius Paris and F. Kenneth Hurd. It is a good supplemental text although not absolutely necessary. Also check out MIT Professor Walter Lewin's video lectures, they are very informative and fun.

This book is very insightful and for the price it cannot be beat.

EDIT 5-29-2014

Comparing this book to David Griffiths Electrodynamics (3rd Edition).

I would choose Shadowitz over Griffiths, if you have to pick just one. Griffith's book is good in its own way and the one most used in colleges but I do think Shadowitz's treatment is more appealing to my mind. Shadowitz's chapters on relativity and tensors is more thorough and Shadowitz's introduces both the Minkowski and Loedel diagrams, he also has chapters on electric circuits and transmission lines that Griffiths doesn't really cover.

Shadowitz does admit and I would agree he tries to appeal to the physicist and engineer, so maybe I am biased being an engineer to his approach, but Shadowitz does introduce a different approach then Griffiths for better or worse as both have their strengths and weaknesses.

If price alone is the deciding factor then it is a no brainer to go with Shadowitz's book as it is considerably less expensive.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference Manual at Minimum 12 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a graduate student in Physics and have found this to be a wonderful reference manual to the "Jackson" graduate text. Shadowitz offers great explanations for sometimes complicated mathematical terms. Additionally, he gives valuable, indepth examples for tensors and makes no illogical or complicated jumps in his derivations of other mathematical formulae.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great exposition of material and overabundant detail. 12 May 1998
By ra5193@email.sps.mot.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Book goes beyond classical text(state theory, give minimal amount of related examples, move on, etc..) Author is an educator(not just an instructor) and the strengths of the book are in the extent to which he attempts(and succeeds) to illuminate the subject so that every facet of it is clearly revealed. Well Done!
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An unusual textbook on Electromagnetic Theory. 14 Dec 1999
By Randolph Best - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When it comes to a Junior-Senior textbook on electromagnetism, electrical engineers and physicists will want a different approach. However, electronics engineering is close to physics and this book comes close to pleasing both groups. Probably the best book on EM theory for electronics engineers is "Fields and Waves in Communication Electronics" by Ramo, Whinnery, and van Duzer. Ramo is the R in the company called TRW. Nonetheless, Shadowitz covers the basics of an EM text for electonics engineers, for example, transmission lines, waveguides, and antenna radiation. Sprinkled throughout the text are interesting tidbits of theoretical physics. The book is in SI units, but he adequately informs the reader about esu and emu units, a discussion of which seems to have become unfortunately banned at some American colleges.
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