"Michael Quinn"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (82 of 98)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 121,806 - Total Helpful Votes: 82 of 98
Electrodynamics and Classical Theory of Fields and&hellip by A.O. Barut
This book, highly recommended by Goldstein near the end of the 2nd edition of his Classical Mechanics, explains the formulations of Maxwell's equations suitable for quantization. it also presents a group-theoretical approach to special relativity, discusses radiation in detail; and its last chapter discusses the limitations of classical electrodynamics such as pre-acceleration; a topic rarely found outside specialized texts like Rohrlich's Classical charged particles.

This book is for the theoretically inclined and complements advanced standard standard texts like Jackson's or Landau & Lifschitz', Other texts developing a Lagrangian for fields include Fulvio Melia's… Read more
Quantum Concepts in Physics: An Alternative Approa&hellip by Malcolm Longair
This book is excellent; for me its uniquely impressive feature is the author building on Aitchison's recent exposition and clarification of Werner Heisenberg's original 1925 paper on matrix mechanics, to make it comprehensible to my average mind!
A Brief Guide to the Great Equations by Robert Crease
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book because I had read THE SECOND CREATION - MAKERS OF THE REVOLUTION IN TWENTIETH CENTURY PHYSICS, a much -quoted book. Even that book in retrospect makes theorists out to be inventing theories at random, and does not explain that the plethora of them in the 1960s was due in part to the lack of precision experimental data that would have allowed one to distinguish between effects due to matter particles and those due to force -transmitters.

In my opinion too, as reviewer Colin said, much of this book is just waffle. In particular, criticising Maxwell for expressing his equations in terms of potentials… Read more