- Tapa dura: 848 páginas
- Editor: Wiley; Edición: 2nd Revised edition (1 de enero de 1975)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 047143132X
- ISBN-13: 978-0471431329
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº410.977 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
CLASSICAL ELECTRODYNAMICS. 2nd edition, Edition en anglais (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 ene 1975
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This edition refines and improves the first edition. It treats the present experimental limits on the mass of photon and the status of linear superposition, and introduces many other innovations.
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weed-out graduate course in physics.
The problems are notorious. If you can solve
every problem in this book by age 24, then you
have a good chance of winning the Nobel prize
later in life. Better make your mark now
before all the solutions are posted to the
The problems are usually challenging but occasionally a bit tedious. It seems to me that the use of Jackson as a standard text book is a bit akin to the use of wooden paddles in fraternity ceremonies. The professors got wacked and so must the next generation of uninitiates.
Most of the problems in the book are "highly stimulating."
As many professors tell their students: "you are not a physics student if you haven't lived through Jackson's electrodynamics."
Jackson's treatment of physics is elegant and crystal-clear throughout, and he generously includes material on Legendre functions, spherical harmonics, etc. that undergraduates may not have been exposed to. However, when it comes to the mathematical verifications needed to read the book with understanding, he doesn't hold your hand. This is as it should be! Physics is not the same as mathematics, but the latter is an essential tool that every physicist must master.
If you go through the book conscientiously checking and deriving all the equations, you'll end up filling a large notebook (amazingly, I didn't find any errors -- this book is rock-solid reliable). But the great thing is, you'll never have to do this again! Then you can reread Jackson without getting snowed under by what are essentially routine, but sometimes tedious, mathematical verifications; and you'll be free to savor the physics and really appreciate how great the book is. If you want some worked problems, look at The Classical Theory of Fields in the Landau-Lifshitz series. At the end of each chapter in Jackson there are excellent problems that will test your understanding.
The negative reviews of Jackson can only indicate a problem with how physics is taught in graduate school. Jackson's book has to be read carefully at least twice, and preferably N times; perhaps this is too much to expect from harassed graduate students in physics. I'm a mathematician by training and was able to study Jackson's book on my own and enjoy it without being rushed for time or having to worry about being tested. With the possible exception of the volume on quantum mechanics by Landau and Lifshitz, which again requires a lot of mathematical verifications, Jackson's book has no rivals.
It's a pity he didn't write any other physics textbooks.