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Collective Electrodynamics: Quantum Foundations of Electromagnetism

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In this book Carver Mead offers a radically new approach to the standard problems of electromagnetic theory. Motivated by the belief that the goal of scientific research should be the simplification and unification of knowledge, he describes a new way of doing electrodynamics--collective electrodynamics--that does not rely on Maxwell's equations, but rather uses the quantu ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published July 26th 2002 by Mit Press (first published August 28th 2000)
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Jake
Jan 03, 2016 Jake rated it it was amazing
As an undergrad, much of the notation in this text was over my head. I decided to read it after watching this video, which led me down this rabbit hole. While Carver's notation was over my head the physical ideas were quite intuitive which seems to be the point. I can always come back to the book and learn the notation, but the physical ideas and the principles seem to be what's important for the physics.

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In this book Carver Mead offers a radically new approach to the standard problems of electromagnetic theory. Motivated by the belief that the goal of scientific research should be the simplification and unification of knowledge, he describes a new way of doing electrodynamics—collective electrodynamics—that does not rely on Maxwell's equations, but rather uses the quantum nature of matter as its sole basis. Collective electrodynamics is a way of looking at how electrons interact, based on exper

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