Electricity and Magnetism

Electricity and Magnetism

by Edward Purcell

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ISBN-13: 9781139637923
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/22/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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About the Author

Edward M. Purcell (1912�997) was the recipient of many awards for his scientific, educational and civic work. In 1952 he shared the Nobel Prize for Physics for his independent discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance in liquids and in solids, an elegant and precise way of determining chemical structure and properties of materials which is widely used today. During his career he served as science advisor to Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Table of Contents

1. Electrostatics: charges and fields; 2. The electric potential; 3. Electric field around conductors; 4. Electric currents; 5. The fields of moving charges; 6. The magnetic field; 7. Electromagnetic induction; 8. Alternating-current circuits; 9. Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves; 10. Electric fields in matter; 11. Magnetic fields in matter; Appendixes; Index.

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"Purcell's text is an introduction to the beauty and power of theoretical physics. Here, Einstein's relativity is not merely a mathematical curiosity banished to the sidelines, but an active participant in revealing Maxwell's equations in the clearest and simplest way possible. For many of the past two generations of physicists, a first encounter with Purcell's electromagnetism lingers in the memory as something like first love."
David Derbes, The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

"This book is a classic—in my opinion the greatest physics text ever written. It is not for everyone. You cannot skim Purcell, and some chapters must be read two or three times. But the serious student will absorb Purcell’s profound understanding of electrodynamics, and appreciate the extraordinary beauty of the theory."
David Griffiths, Reed College

"Purcell's book is one of the few really excellent texts on introductory Electricity and Magnetism, which is fundamental to the education of every physicist. It's the only text I'm aware of that so seamlessly incorporates the development of the required vector calculus into the discussion of the physics that it is needed to describe. For the serious physics student, I know of no better book at this level."
Peter Krieger, University of Toronto

"Purcell's book taught a whole generation of physicists that you needn't travel at half the speed of light to see relativity in action. Magnetism is caused by length contraction! Radiation is a consequence of the cosmic speed limit! This welcome reprint will bring these insights, and many others, to a new generation."
Daniel V. Schroeder, Weber State University

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