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Review 'An outstanding achievement on so many levels, including scope, depth, insight, pedagogy, and historical background. It will become an instant classic.' John D. Joannopoulos, Massachusetts Institute of Technology'Zangwill's recreation of classical electromagnetic theory will surely become the standard text on the subject. His comprehensive and scholarly treatment clarifies subtle points that are often ignored or concealed.' Sir Michael Berry, University of Bristol'I am happy to recommend this book. It is carefully and creatively organized, clearly written, and has many, many interesting problems to solve.' Gerald A. Miller, University of Washington'This book richly deserves the word 'modern' in its title. Zangwill develops an intuitive picture of electrodynamics that will be a great resource for all.' Rob Phillips, California Institute of Technology'I am impressed by the careful and thorough way this book addresses subtle questions like the behavior of electromagnetic fields in dielectric matter. It will be an essential resource for both researchers and teachers who are not willing to sweep this and other delicate issues under the rug.' Alain Aspect, Institut d'Optique and Ecole Polytechnique'Zangwill has written an excellent graduate textbook, with a large number of carefully chosen problems and examples. Boxes describing interesting and quirky applications add color to the presentation and references to quantum mechanics and modern topics will surely engage students.' R. Merlin, University of Michigan'This comprehensive textbook gives refreshing insights into classical electrodynamics, with emphasis on the physics without sacrificing mathematical rigor. I particularly like the numerous worked examples and sections on applications, which show the relevance of the topics to modern research. The problems, with comprehensive solutions for the busy instructor, will be excellent for students to get to grips with the material.' Shirley Chiang, University of California, Davis'Modern Electrodynamics is not just another book on electromagnetism. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the material, but also covers more advanced topics than are typically found in other volumes. The quotations from historical sources are particularly useful and engaging. Though addressed to engineers, there is also a strong focus on physics. Relationships to quantum electrodynamics are presented, and historical and axiomatic aspects are surprisingly well accounted for. The volume covers many more subjects than can be presented in a typical two-semester course, so instructors can choose topics that meet their specific needs. Numerous worked examples and applications boxes help the reader build physical intuition and develop technical skill. Nearly 600 end-of-chapter homework problems encourage students to engage actively with the material. A very useful solutions manual is available for registered and validated instructors at www.cambridge.org/Zangwill.' Optics and Photonics News'I enjoyed examining this handsome book, finding favorite topics described in fresh ways and learning about other topics. Zangwill's writing and mathematical demonstrations are crisp and to the point, and they generally complement each other well. Sprinkled throughout are various gems of historical and scientific interest.' Physics Today'... clear and modern ... very well structured ... could make a hit in the textbook market and, more importantly, could have a serious impact on the future writing style of books on electromagnetics. This book is one of the best books about electrodynamics I have read, up to now. It greatly contributes to the development of physical understanding, is already used heavily within my research group, and is thus highly recommended.' Radio Science Bulletin Read more Book Description An engaging writing style and a strong focus on the physics make this comprehensive, graduate-level textbook unique among existing classical electromagnetism textbooks. It features close to 120 worked examples, 80 applications boxes and nearly 600 end-of-chapter homework problems, with a solutions manual available to instructors at ww.cambridge.org/Zangwill. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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