Book Reviews

Introduction to the Physics of Waves

Tim Freegarde

Cambridge University Press, 2012; $75.00 (hardcover).

There are already some excellent textbooks on wave phenomena available, but Freegarde has introduced a helpful new volume that balances brief mathematical derivations with new examples and practical applications. He expanded in a fascinating manner his undergraduate physics lecture notes from the past 15 years. This book will help students to appreciate that understanding wave motion is fundamental to almost every branch of physics. It covers a broad range of wave phenomena in optics, electromagnetism, sound, quantum mechanics, oceanography and other fields. The exercises at the end of each chapter will be useful for instructors and students alike. I recommend it as a textbook for undergraduate students in the physical sciences.

Review by Reva Garg, research associate, Instituto de Física, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil.


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