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5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars

on 10 March 2014
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 Electrodynamics, and Bo Thide's book which latter is mainly available online. All in all a suitable follow on for a 1st course in electricity and magnetism.

The only thing to ignore in this 1964 book reprint is the pre-quark short discussion of the application of Yang Mills gauge theory to what are now known to be composite particles.
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