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Introduction to Electrodynamics [Hardcover]

David J. Griffiths
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26 Sep 2012 0321856562 978-0321856562 4

For junior/senior-level electricity and magnetism courses. This book is known for its clear, concise, and accessible coverage of standard topics in a logical and pedagogically sound order. The highly polished Fourth Edition features a clear, accessible treatment of the fundamentals of electromagnetic theory, providing a sound platform for the exploration of related applications (ac circuits, antennas, transmission lines, plasmas, optics, etc.). Its lean and focused approach employs numerous new examples and problems.

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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 4 edition (26 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321856562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321856562
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Griffiths received his BA and PhD from Harvard University. He held post-doctoral positions at the University of Utah and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and taught at Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Trinity College (Hartford) before joining the faculty at Reed College, where he has taught for over 30 years. In 2001-2002 he was visiting Professor of Physics at the Five Colleges (UMass, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Hampshire), and in the spring of 2007 he taught electrodynamics at Stanford.


Griffiths is a Consulting Editor of The American Journal of Physics, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 1997 he was awarded the Millikan Medal by the American Association of Physics Teachers. He has spent sabbaticals at SLAC, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and UC Berkeley. Although his PhD was in elementary particle theory, his recent research is in electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. He is the author of forty-five papers and three books: Introduction to Electrodynamics (Fourth Edition, Prentice Hall, 2013), Introduction to Elementary Particles (Second Edition, Wiley-VCH, 2008), and Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Second Edition, Prentice Hall, 2005).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concise book 19 Oct 2013
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This is a fantastic book, well written, and totally in line with my University course. Everything is explained in a detailed but concise manner, and it's a great aid to learning Electrodynamics. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book. 8 July 2014
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A very entertaining book. Griffiths' style makes this demanding subject a lot easier to follow and learn. It was a great help for my third year Electrodynamics course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Difference in Editions: 4th vs 3rd 29 Jan 2013
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Looks like this edition has been refreshed. So far the price is ~$13 cheaper than the previous edition. Here's a list of changes: [...]
New To This Edition
*Edits to the entire text have clarified arguments and eliminated ambiguities.
*New problems and new worked examples appear throughout, while selected unsuccessful ones have been eliminated.
*All 450 figures have been reviewed for accuracy and updated where necessary.
*A new section on magnetic work helps to eliminate teachers' misconception that magnetic forces do not work. The new section fully explores the actual mechanism in cases where magnetic forces are actually working.
*Erroneous passages have been corrected. In particular, misleading copy (specifically the treatment of "hidden momentum") has been fixed.
*Citations of recent literature appear throughout for those who wish to pursue a particular topic in greater depth. This literature helps reinforce the point that electrodynamics is a vibrant and dynamic field, even after 150 years.

The book is easy to follow, it presents the subject matter in a well formatted fashion.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intermediate level book 6 April 2013
By AnomalousEllipse - Published on Amazon.com
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I am reading this alongside the text by Ohanian and this is a bit lower level. The explanations of how to do problems are much better but Ohanian is far superior at explaining what is going on physically and mathematically. This book is good to have because Ohanian uses CGS units so if I have a need for an equation in MKS I can pull it out of this book already having understood the material I learned in Ohanian. I would say use both in tandem.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Content is good of course; the printed book - not so much. 24 Nov 2013
By SDG - Published on Amazon.com
The book itself is pretty good. Still misses little important things like uniqueness theorems for magneto-static fields (despite having a sizable section in electrostatics on a parallel discussion) in chapter 5 and fails to introduce E&M Lagrangian despite coming close in chapter 10 (hence students have no idea why E&M gauge invariance is indeed actually a case of gauge invariance). On the positive side, I think the revisions from 3rd edition are subtle but valuable. So in my opinion the book is just short of perfect for the intermediate level (maybe half a star from 5).
The 2 stars are for the publisher. Horrible physical book. Pages started to fall apart just about as soon as I opened the book. Students usually elect to keep these classics on their bookshelves for years but with this abomination they will be lucky to get through half a semester.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor construction; minute changes from previous edition 1 Oct 2013
By RYAN G FRONK - Published on Amazon.com
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The build quality of this edition of the book leaves much to be desired. A majority of the pages are separating from the spine after only a couple of weeks use.

It should also be noted that the differences between this and the third edition of this text are minutely different with entire sections simply being copied and pasted into this new edition from the previous. Problem statements have been shuffled around with few additions to the text. The content within the text itself is quite good. Subject matter is very informative and the method for which the material is presented is intuitive. However, all of this can be found in the cheaper and better-quality third edition.

I would not recommend this product.
24 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Publisher Lacks Integrity - Author Reasonably Good About Errata 30 Oct 2013
By JohnnyAppleCider - Published on Amazon.com
It speaks volumes when the 4th edition is priced lower at $125.14, and the 3rd edition is priced higher at $133.00, on Amazon.

It's abundantly clear the publisher's (Addison-Wesley's) reputation for complete lack of integrity in failing to correct errors is driving people towards the older edition, and towards avoiding the newest (4th) edition. The author has done a reasonable job of collating errata and posting it on his university website, although he could be more proactive about it. This begs the question: WHY HASN'T THE PUBLISHER SHOWN ANY INTEGRITY BY INCORPORATING THOSE ERRATA INTO EACH SUCCESSIVE PRINTING?

The publisher (University Science Books) of Classical Mechanics by John Taylor exhibted utmost integrity by working "proactively" with the author to ensure virtually 'all' errors were corrected by the 3rd printing.


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