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by Melba Phillips,Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky

Compact, clear, and precise in its presentation, this distinguished, widely used textbook offers graduate students and advanced undergraduates a diverse and well-balanced selection of topics.Subjects include the electrostatic field in vacuum; boundary conditions and relation of microscopic to macroscopic fields; general methods for the solution of potential problems, including those of two and three dimensions; energy relations and forces in the electrostatic field; steady currents and their interaction; magnet materials and boundary value problems; and Maxwell’s equations. Additional topics include energy, force, and momentum relations in the electromagnetic field; the wave equation and plane waves; conducting fluids in a magnetic field; waves in the presence of metallic boundaries; the inhomogeneous wave equation; the experimental basis for the theory of special relativity; relativistic kinematics and the Lorentz transformation; covariance and relativistic mechanics; covariant formulation of electrodynamics; and the Liénard-Wiechert potentials and the field of a uniformly moving electron.The text concludes with examinations of radiation from an accelerated charge; radiation reaction and covariant formulation of the conservation laws of electrodynamics; radiation, scattering, and dispersion; the motion of charged particles in electromagnetic fields; and Hamiltonian formulation of Maxwell’s equations.

Download Classical Electricity and Magnetism: Second Edition (Dover Books on Physics) epub
ISBN: 0486439240
ISBN13: 978-0486439242
Category: Science
Subcategory: Physics
Author: Melba Phillips,Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky
Language: English
Publisher: Dover Publications; Second edition (January 26, 2005)
Pages: 526 pages
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By now I have read five or six chapters, and I must say that I am very impressed.
It is surely the best graduate level book on Electromagnetism I have ever read.
The author manages to achieve a very good balance between physics and mathematics.
Some things that are not clear (and indeed look like very tricky) in other books, here appear naturally and in a very logical and clear way.
The explanations are very insighful and offer you very interesting connections whithin the EM Theory.
Definitely, it is an excellent book, and in my opinion, it deserves to be the standard graduate EM text more than others that currently have this consideration.
I am writing this review to balance the review by the dissatisfied student. Do not believe it. Panofsky and Phillips is one of the great graduate level books on classical electrodynamics. It is comparable in level and quality to Landau and Lifshitz and to Jackson. As the student reveiwer implies it may be a bit less concise and somewhat more talkative than those two, but the explanations given are often profund and can be of great value to the serious, mature, and literate student. This book really belongs to a decent library on electromagnetism.
The best EM book money can buy. This book is easy to read and has the right balance between physics and mathematical derivation.
Phallozs Dwarfs
nice book but its better to have the new edition...
The Sphinx of Driz
This book is such an uncommonly well-written text that I felt I would rewrite my first review (somehow it has "disappeared" from Amazon's pages).
While this text will not replace Jackson ( I refer to Jackson's 1975, second edition), it makes an excellent ancillary text to Jackson (ancillary, because Jackson offers far more problem sets). Now, I do have my favorites (Garg and Schwinger), but they are newer publications. In any event, no single book fits every conceivable student, so I say, study from all of them ! Let me, now, concentrate on Panofsky and Phillips (second edition):
(1) Before you read chapter one, learn or derive every vector formula in the Appendix: Appendix Two-- of vector relations and formulas.
(I say the same regarding Jackson's textbook: derive each and every vector identity on his inside cover/flyleaf before study of his 1975 text).
Panofsky begins with Integrals, that is, Helmholtz Theorem and its derivation: "All vector fields in three dimensions are uniquely defined if their circulation densities (curl) and source densities (divergence) are given functions of the coordinates at all points in space, and if the totality of sources, as well as the source density, is zero at infinity." (page two). Study the derivation. The foundation of the entire exposition stems here.
(2) There are twenty-four chapters spread between 450 pages. Sixteen problems concludes the first chapter. Complete each of these, they are not
difficult. A problem-set will introduce the Delta-function. In any event, needed manipulative skill is honed in this first, exceptional, chapter.
A nice comparison can be had between this text (page 39) and Jackson (page 119) regards Polarization. Chapter Two, here, is crisp and clear.
(3) Important to remember: "only a few of the most idealized problems can be solved with any degree of simplicity." (page 42).
Thus, Chapter Three will introduce Green's Functions, Images, Separation-of-Variables: Potential Problems. Again, the exposition is exceptional, end-of-chapter problems are exceptional, and fairly tractable (fourteen of them). Of course, we repeat: "no matter how the solution is obtained, if it satisfies the given boundary conditions, the problem is considered solved."
(4) Conformal Transformations--oft neglected these days--is chapter four. Ignore it if you must, however, what is here written is exceptionally lucid.
(5) Onward to Three Dimensions (still, Laplace): Here we have the usual separation-of-variables in certain coordinate systems, along with the requisite special functions (Legendre, Bessel). Secure a copy of Byerly's Fourier Series and Spherical Harmonics to fill in any gaps.
By the way, dimensional analysis serves one well in untangling many of the more complicated expressions.
(6) A favorite, Chapter Six, Energy Relations (still, electrostatics). We read: "the fundamental reason for attributing physical reality to the field will not become apparent until nonstatic effects are discussed." (page 95) and "it is not possible to ascertain experimentally whether the energy resides in the field or is possessed by the charges which produce the field." (page 98). You will meet Stress Tensor and Convective Derivative (103 & 109).
(7) Current, finally arrives Chapter Seven. "symmetry" is emphasized (page 124) and "analogy" is utilized ( torque, angular momentum--page 133).
(8) From magnetic fields to magnetic materials, that is, from chapter seven to eight. Vector Potential ("A") is introduced and utilized. Here, again,
analogy to the electrostatic case is emphasized ( as with Feynman's Volume Two). This is another exceptional discussion of fundamentals.
(9) Finally, Maxwell's Equations. Then, to a consolidation and generalization of energy and forces in electromagnetic fields (chapter ten).
We learn: "Paradoxical results may be obtained if one tries to identify the Poynting vector with the energy flow per unit area at any particular point." (page 180). Wave equations and radiation pressure come next. The brief excursion (six pages) of magnetohydrodynamics is almost an afterthought. From waves in vacuum to waves in metallic boundaries: "we shall see that two independent field components play the role of potentials from which the complete fields may be derived." (page 212). Wave Guides, here, makes nice comparison to what Schwinger has to say.
(10) An excellent chapter fourteen, inhomogeneous wave equations, is next. Learn of "complete symmetry between scalar and vector potentials"
when utilizing the so-called Lorentz condition. Utilize, too, more special functions (Hankel, Bessel) and more Fourier analysis (page 242).
(11) Three chapters, next, beginning with special relativity and progressing to more abstraction (covariant formulation). A brief encounter with the notation of "ict" is quickly bypassed for an exposition which discards the imaginary-time-component. All in all, an excellent discussion.
(12) Let us skip ahead to the concluding chapters, lagrangian and hamiltonian formulation. Suffice it to say, excellent discussions all.
In conclusion, this text is not as expansive, or detailed, as Jackson (Panofsky, with fewer problems for the student to solve).
On the other hand, what is included here is well-written and pedagogically presented.
Best to secure a copy of as many different Classical Electrodynamics textbooks as possible.
There is no single resource that will meet every need.
Thus, Panofsky and Phillips is highly recommended.
I have been going through electricity and magnetism books to find a good text at the graduate level and recently started to reread this one. Since originally finding this book (in the 1962 hardback edition) at a library sale as a grad student I have taught graduate electricity and magnetism and undergraduate electromagnetism classes from both Jackson and Griffiths as a professor. Griffiths was very clear but Jackson was just painful to use. Panofsky and Philips is a fairly old text, so I didn't pull it off the shelf. I should have.

Reading Panofsky and Philips again, the things that seemed obscure at when I was a grad student turned out to be the things I had worked out while making notes on Griffiths as a professor. The discussion is deeper though and goes into more detail with references to the literature that are really helpful and always motivated by the physics. Where Jackson is just opaque and obscure the discussions of difficulties here are logical and clear. It could use more examples and problems. The units are MKS which is helpful if you learned from Griffiths. Really outstanding text though I would supplement it with a problem book to get the full benefit.
This is a wonderful book that focuses more on physics than on the mathematical techniques. It is one of the few books still in print to deal with topics like a) stresses in fluids and solids due to external electromagnetic fields, b) Maxwell equations in moving media in the non-relativistic case or c) use of complex variables in solving potential problems.

Unlike Jackson's book that promises to prepare the reader to handle research problems in theoretical physics by teaching the necessary mathematical methods, Panofsky and Phillips focus on electromagnetism alone and do a wonderful job.

I think this is a good graduate level book and if read with its contemporaries like Stratton's Electromagnetic Theory or Smythe's Static and Dynamic Electricity, it can provide a formidable foundation in the subject.
I'm so thrilled to see that this book is back in print. It is vastly superior to the standard text (Jackson) used in most graduate physics programs. The explanations are concise but clear; and they help the student develop good physical insight. My only real criticism of this book is that the mathematical notation is a bit unwieldy, but it's used consistently throughout the entire text so that's not really a problem after you get through the first couple of chapters and get used to it. If you could have only one graduate level E & M book, this would be the one to get.