Book Reviews

Modern Electrodynamics

Andrew Zangwill

Cambridge, 2012; $85.00 (hardcover).

 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.

Review by Peter Enders, physicist, Senzig, Germany.


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