- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (28 March 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486656608
- ISBN-13: 978-0486656601
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.7 x 20.8 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,01,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Electromagnetic Field (Dover Books on Physics) Paperback – 28 Mar 2003
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I personally liked his approach of mixing electric and magnetic fields instead of viewing them separately, I think its best to start by understanding both of them than having to go through the entire electric field chapters and then start learning about the magnetic, however it did feel a bit odd to be switching back and forth, but you get used to it. The writting style felt somehow formal, without incurring in something as boring as passive voice, but in my opinion in some cases it made things more difficult to follow, in general I think its a verbose book.
The book covers a lot of topics, including engineering oriented topics, and relativity, however Its my most humble opinion that there are better books for the beginner, I own several EM books (Hayt, Sadiku, Cheng, Ramo, Grant, Griffiths, Schwarz) in general I think that Griffiths book is the best to start learning about EM if you can cope with Griffith's weird notation, I also think that Dan Fleisch's "A Student's Guide to Maxwell Equations" is one of the best introductions to the subject. As for this book by Shadowitz, I felt the notation was pretty standard, nothing wrong with it.
I think this is an okay book, perhaps its not my first choice but I would definitely recommend having it on your shelf, the book itself is quite thick and even if its a paperbound it seems to be made with high quality materials.