Electromagnetic Vibration, Waves and Radiation Paperback – 1 Jan 1978
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The book covers: oscillations, waves, electromagnetic radiation, transmission of electromagnetic radiation, reflection, refraction, scattering, interaction of electromagnetic fields with matter, diffraction/interference and coherence. This journey is based on classical physics. The authors, however, are quick to point out the limitations of this approach but defend t he practice based on the reasonableness of the approximation for the scale of domain under consideration and the use of expectation values.
The color of the sky, why gold is yellow and silver shiny gray and the frequency dependence of a number of other phenomena as discussed. One example illustrated the tissue penetration of microwave energy into biological tissues. These were all delightful examples.
I am certain that I am completely ignorant of a number of limitations of this book. I also cannot hope to have deep insights into the necessity of quantum mechanics for the nanoscale understanding. However, the clarity and well organized nature of this 40 year old book has certainly diminished my ignorance in a constructive manner.
The book is very complete, with everything you need to know from the subject, but I could use more explanations, examples and exercises. I used it to study with Walter Lewin's course from ocw, which was really helpful, but many times i had to get back at past subjects or search the internet for clarifications.
There probably are better books if you want to study by yourself.