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For more than a century, "Becker" and its forerunner, "Abraham-Becker," have served as the bible of electromagnetic theory for countless students. This definitive translation of the physics classic features both volumes of the original text.

Volume I, on electromagnetic theory, includes an introduction to vector and tensor calculus, the electrostatic field, electric current and the field, and the theory of relativity. The second volume comprises a self-contained introduction to quantum theory that covers the classical principles of electron theory and quantum mechanics, problems involving one and several electrons, radiation theory, and the relativistic theory of the electron. Based on research by the great Harvard science historian Gerald Holton, this book clearly explains Maxwell's and Dirac's field equations and contains a profound discussion and elegant use of the Helmholtz theorem on vector fields. Problems with solutions appear throughout the text, which is illuminated by 148 illustrations.

Volume I, on electromagnetic theory, includes an introduction to vector and tensor calculus, the electrostatic field, electric current and the field, and the theory of relativity. The second volume comprises a self-contained introduction to quantum theory that covers the classical principles of electron theory and quantum mechanics, problems involving one and several electrons, radiation theory, and the relativistic theory of the electron. Based on research by the great Harvard science historian Gerald Holton, this book clearly explains Maxwell's and Dirac's field equations and contains a profound discussion and elegant use of the Helmholtz theorem on vector fields. Problems with solutions appear throughout the text, which is illuminated by 148 illustrations.

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ISBN-13: | 9780486318509 |
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Publisher: | Dover Publications |

Publication date: | 04/26/2013 |

Sold by: | Barnes & Noble |

Format: | NOOK Book |

Pages: | 864 |

File size: | 53 MB |

Note: | This product may take a few minutes to download. |

## About the Author

Richard Becker (1887–1955) was a German theoretical physicist who made contributions to the fields of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, superconductivity, and quantum electrodynamics. A student of Max Born and Albert Einstein, he received his PhD under the tutelage of Max Planck.

## Table of Contents

PART A. Introduction to vector and tensor calculusChapter AI. Vectors

1 Definition of a vector

2 Addition and subtraction of vectors

3 "Unit vectors, base vectors, components"

4 The inner or scalar product

5 The outer or vector product

6 Products of three and four vectors

7 Differentiation of vectors with respect to a parameter

Chapter AII. Vector fields

8 Definition of a vector field

9 The space derivative of a field quantity. The gradient

10 The strength of a source field and its divergence. Gauss's theorem and Green's theorem

11 The line integral and the curl. Stokes's theorem

12 Calculation of a vector field from its sources and vortices

13 Orthogonal curvillinear coordinates

Chapter AIII. Tensors

14 Definition of a tensor. The anti-symmetric tensor

15 The symmetric tensor and its invariants. The deviator

PART B. The Electrostatic field

Chapter BI. Electric charge and the electrostatic field in vacuum

16 Electric charge

17 The elementary electrical quantum

18 Electric field strength and the electric potential

19 Coulomb's law. The flux of electric force

20 The distribution of electricity on conductors

21 The capacitance of spherical and parallel-plate capacitors

22 The prolate ellipsoid of revolution

23 Induced charges

24 The electric field at a great distance from field-producing charges. The dipole and quadrupole field

Chapter BII. Electrostatics of dielectrics

25 The parallel-plate capacitor with dielectric insulation

26 Dielectric polarization

27 The fundamental equations of electrostatics for insulators. The Maxwell displacement vector

28 Point charge opposite a semi-infinite dielectric

29 Dielectric sphere in a uniform field

30 The homogeneously polarized ellipsoid

Chapter BIII. Force effects and energy relations in the electrostatic field

31 Systems of point charges in free space

32 Field energy when conductors and insulators are present. Thomson's theorem

33 Thermodynamical considerations of the field energy

34 Force effects in the electrostatic field calculated by means of the field energy; several simple examples

35 General calculation of the force on an insulator in an electric field

36 The Maxwell stresses

37 Electric force effects in homogeneous liquids and gases

PART C. Electric current and the magnetic field

Chapter CI. The law of the electric current

38 Current strength and currrent density

39 Ohm's law

40 Joule heating

41 Impressed forces. The galvanic chain

42 Inertia effects of electrons in metals

Chapter CII. Force effects in the magnetic field

43 The magnetic field vectors

44 The force on a current-carrying conductor. The Lorentz force

45 The Faraday law of induction

Chapter CIII. Magnetic fields of currents and permanent magnets

46 The magnetic field of steady currents. Oersted's law

47 The ring current as a magnetic dipole

48 Magnetization and magnetic susceptibility

Chapter CIV. Electrodynamics of quasi-stationary currents

49 Self-induction and mutual induction

50 Circuit with resistance and self-inductance. The vector diagram

51 "Circuit with resistance, self-inductance and capacitance"

52 The energy theorem for a system of linear currents

PART D. The general fundamental equations of the electromagnetic field

Chapter DI. Maxwell's theory for stationary media

53 Completing the Maxwell equations

54 The energy theorem in Maxwell's theory. The Poynting vector

55 Magnetic field energy. Forces in the magnetic field

56 The momentum theorem in Maxwell's theory. The momentum density of the radiation field

Chapter DII. Electromagnetic waves

57 Electromagnetic waves in a vacuum

58 Plane waves in stationary homogeneous media

59 The reflection of electromagnetic waves at boundary surfaces

60 Current displacement or the skin effect

61 Electromagnetic waves along ideal conductors

62 Waves along wires of finite resistance

63 Waves in hollow conductors

Chapter DIII. The electromagnetic field of a given distribution of charge and current

64 The field of uniformly moving charged particle

65 Energy and momentum for a uniformly moving charged particle

66 The electromagnetic potential of an arbitrary distribution of charge and current

67 The Hertz solution for the oscillating dipole

68 The radiation of electromagnetic waves by an emitter

69 The field of an arbitrarily moving point charge

Chapter DIV. The field equations in slowly moving non-magnetic media

70 Derivation of the field equations

71 Experimental confirmation of the basic equations

72 Fizeau's investigation

73 The Michelson experiment

74 Search for an explanation of the negative result of the Michaelson experiment

PART E. The theory of relativity

Chapter EI. The physical basis of relativity theory and its mathematical aids

75 Revision of the space-time concept

76 The Lorentz transformation

77 Consequences of the Lorentz transformation

78 Programme of the special theory of relativity

79 The general Lorentz group

80 Four-vectors and four-tensors

Chapter EII. The relativistic electrodynamics of empty space

81 The field equations

82 The force density

83 The energy-momentum tensor of the electromagnetic field

84 The plan light-wave

85 The radiation field of a moving electron

Chapter EIII. The relativistic electrodynamics of material bodies

86 The field equation

87 The moments tensor

88 Unipolar induction

Chapter EIV. Relativistic mechanics

89 The mechanics of mass points

90 The inertia of energy

91 Mechanical stresses

PART F. Exercise problems and solutions

Chapter FI. Exercises

A. Vector and tensor calculus

B. The electrostatic field

C. The electric current and the magnetic field

D. The fundamental equations of the electromagnetic field

E. Relativity theory

Chapter FII. Solutions

A. Vector and tensor calculus

B. The electrostatic field

C. The electric current and the magnetic field

D. The fundamental equations of the electromagnetic field

E. Relativity theory

PART G. List of formulae

Chapter GI. Vector and tensor calculus

1 Vector algebra

2 Vector analysis

3 Tensor algebra

Chapter GII. Electrodynamics

1 The field equations and the constitutive equations

2 The material constants

3 Energy and force expressions

4 Wave propagation

5 Electrotechnical concepts

6 Conversion table from MKSA units to the Gaussian system

Chapter GIII. Relativity theory

Index

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