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Course of Theoretical Physics: Vol. 2, The Classical Theory of Fields

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The fourth edition contains seven new sections with chapters on General Relativity, Gravitational Waves and Relativistic Cosmology. The text has been thoroughly revised and additional problems inserted. The Complete course of Theoretical Physics by Landau and Lifshitz, recognized as two of the world's outstanding physicists, is published in full by Butterworth-Heinemann. I ...more
Paperback, 4th Edition, 402 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Butterworth-Heinemann
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Joecolelife
Mar 21, 2011 Joecolelife rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Seriously, a cult classic. And one should beware of cults. It's a very elegant, pristine presentation. However, this is often at the expense of sweeping some messier issues under the rug. Landau's reasoning has a very fluid intuitive quality, and it is easy to float along with as long as you don't stop an notice that sometimes it doesn't really make sense. I once heard a prominent physicist say of Landau's papers "everything's wrong except the answers". An exaggeration but some truth to it.
Ronald Lett
Jul 13, 2012 Ronald Lett rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Undergraduates in physics
As was his previous volume, it is extremely concise on certain topics (so that you will be left to do the necessary legwork yourself) and more verbose on very specific topics. However, its concision does lend itself to showing the simple core of the theory. It is definitely recommended that this text be accompanied by those that are more verbose (and provide more problem sets) in the areas of general relativity and electrodynamics.
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