Posted on 2007-06-20, updated at 2007-09-05. By anonymous.
Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism, Vol. 1
Volume 1 of an important foundation work of modern physics. Brings to final form Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism and rigorously derives his general equations of field
Whenever I teach a course which touches on electric or magnetic phenomena I find myself going through this book. It works well with the early chapters of Jackson, in particular, and Smythe. Maxwell knew the subject thoroughly, up to the 1870s (and much of this material has since dropped out of courses and almost out of memory), his thinking was both profound and clear, and he may well be the best writer on physics in the English language. His proofs are economical and elegant. Oh yes - this book is still a good reference for the treatment of spherical harmonics and multipole expansions in Cartesian coordinates.
Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism, Vol. 2
Described by Einstein as "the most important event in physics since Newton's time," the discovery by James Clerk Maxwell that a vast array of phenomena could be united by four elegant formulas remains one of the greatest successes of modern physics. This book, based on the third originally
published in 1891, presents the original work which underpins the electronic revolution in the 20th century and which inspired both Lorentz's theories on the electron and Einstein's theory of relativity. Volume II covers magnetism and electromagnetism.
Table of Contents:
Part 3: Magnetism 1. Elementary theory of magnetism 2. Magnetic force and magnetic induction 3. Magnetic solenoids and shells 4. Induced magnetization 5. Particular problems in magnetic induction 6. Weber's theory of induced magnetism 7. Magnetic measurements 8. On terrestrial magnetism Part 4: Electromagnetism 1. Electromagnetic force 2. Amperes investigation of the mutual action of electric currents 3. On the induction of electric currents 4. On the induction of a current on itself 5. On the equations of motion of a connected system 6. Dynamical theory of electromagnetism 7. Theory of electric circuits 8. Exploration of the field by means of the secondary circuit 9. General equations of the electromagnetic field 10. Dimension of electric units 11. On energy and stress in the electromagnetic field 12. Current-sheets 13. Parallel currents 14. Circular currents 15. Electromagnetic instruments 16. Electromagnetic observations 17. Comparison of coils 18. Electromagnetic unit of resistance 19. Comparison of the electrostatic with the electromagnetic units 22. Electromagnetic theory of light 21. Magnetic action on light 22. Ferromagnetism and diamagnetism explained by molecular currents 23. Theories of action at a distance
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