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Introduction to Electrodynamics

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  3,416 ratings  ·  88 reviews
This work offers accesible coverage of the fundamentals of electrodynamics, enhanced with with discussion points, examples and exercises.
Hardcover, Third Edition, 576 pages
Published December 30th 1998 by Addison-Wesley Professional (first published January 1st 1981)
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Barış Haven't read it in its entirety (yet), but R. Shankar's "Principles of Quantum Mechanics" offers a nice introduction with underlying prerequisite…moreHaven't read it in its entirety (yet), but R. Shankar's "Principles of Quantum Mechanics" offers a nice introduction with underlying prerequisite mechanics and mathematics. That might work for you.(less)

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Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves physics
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This book is the paragon of fine textbook writing. Griffith discusses experiment, history, and theory alongside one another. Every great equation is preceded by a discussion of the physics behind it and when you do reach that beautiful equation, you understand every piece. Intuitive pictures and explanations accompany any abstract proof. Doing the exercises is like unwrapping a present; each leading the student to discover some new and interesting facet of the material most recently presented. T ...more
May 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Every book should be this book.

I am taking a class involving this book again, and have been reacquainted with how awesome it is. It is in fact almost unnecessary to take a class to learn the material if you have this book and enough motivation.

Some people are somewhat put off by the informal, conversational writing style, the way it forces you to work through problems rather than handing everything to you, and it's somewhat non-standard notation. I must say, if the writin
Ivan Idris
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is an introduction on electricity and magnetism covering:

Electric Fields
Magnetic Fields
Relativistic Electrodynamics

The style of the book is very concise. In my opinion the majority of the examples are a bit abstract. Still the explanations are clear and the main points are indicated in such a way that you cannot miss them. For instance, in the story about Faraday’s law, the sentence
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was so good, I read it twice! (I also walked out of the exam with an A, yay me!)
Michael Nielsen
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best introductory book about electromagnetism. For more advanced material you'll need Jackson, but Griffiths smooths the way tremendously.
Mohamed IBrahim
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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good book , I enjoyed my course with this book
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you want to a good mathematical approach to learning Electricity and Magnetism, Griffiths is your man. He treats the subject with just the right level of rigor, where you understand why the equations and principles are the way they are, but not at the point where you are swamped with burdensome grad school math. The order in which he presents the topics is perfect; each new topic builds on the previous topics. My undergraduate physics program had no better textbook than this one, and I recomm ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The book is intuitive. Written in a way that helps you understand the material instead of making you feel like an imbecile. Lots of examples and the problems are peppered throughout the text instead of lumped up at the end. While reading the book, I felt like I attended his classes. He emphasizes what is not usually emphasized in other books. The author even jokes at some pages which is really nice while reading!

There are a lot of examples and problems in the book. I've read most of
Chandra Prakash
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best Book ever to start Electrodynamics!
I wish I had read it when, I first heard about electromagnetic fields. It's awesome book, explains all stuff. The most interesting point was "why charges reside on surface at electrostatic equilibrium?" The answer wasn't like. If that's not the case then it won't be electrostatic but "this configuration has minimum energy which makes the system more stable and that's why charges tend to reside on surface if they can!"
David Grimmer
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't understand how you physics majors do it in college, I was preforming one of the exercises trying to determine the electric field through integration of Coulombs law. I had to to two u-substitutions, partial fractions, and integration by parts all on the same integral. And this is all within the first 70 pages of the book! I get the feeling I'm going to really enjoy this book or die of old age integrating.
Sangeet. S
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent introductory textbook. It has a very good chapter on Vector Calculus to familiarize the novice reader and provides an adequate mixture of physical insight and rigor in it's text.

The downside to the use of this book, however great it may be for an undergraduate freshman is the use of some hand waiving leading to loss of generality without much justification to do so.

Nevertheless, it is perhaps one of the best books to understand the basics of classical electrodyn
My favourite textbook of all-time.

Griffiths builds up the Classical Theory of Electromagnetism in an easy step-by-step fashion, with practical problems and examples to give the reader a feeling of familiarity and understanding. As the book progresses, he lets the light shine from a most beautiful, symmetrical, and satisfying theory.
Marcos Andrés
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I love it, a real joy for the undergrads learning EM, fun and easy to read (except chapter 9 which is the more "applied" one), you can feel the author speaking "with you"; more than "to you", unlike most dull textbooks.

It will be forever in my favorite textbooks ever, it felt so good when I finish reading it.

Mobin Shakeri
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
a really great book. I don't think you could find any elementary electrostatic/dynamic book that makes you involve this much.
the problems are fine and standard. and the explanations are magnificent.
and I really enjoy the informal tone in the text.
Langsguyar Arteaga
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best book ever to learn electrodynamics!
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An indispensable undergraduate E&M text by great guy. This is a masterclass in how to write and teach the natural sciences.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The standard for undergraduate Electrodynamics
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Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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If he could have just made the special relativity part higher level and added more exercises for Mikowski-Raum in order it to be -for anyone- easier with 4th-dimensional problems.
Roshan Shrestha
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Introduction to Electrodynamics is probably the best book I have read on Electrodynamics at the Introductory level, though I have heard great reviews on the Classical Electrodynamics by Jackson which is what I am planning to read very soon. This book presents the subject matter in a very informal way which is what Griffiths is successful on explaining the boring subject at times in an articulate way. The best part about this for me was the chapter on Vector Analysis which most book fails at sinc ...more
Jerry Smith
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I own both the 3rd and 4th editions of this book and pretty much the only difference is a few tweaks in the text explanations and some of the problems were changed, though most are exactly the same. Also the 4th edition is a bit thinner and has a way nicer cover.

This is pretty much accepted as the best book out there for learning electrodynamics. Very good explanations, probably the best example problems of any textbook I've had, and very thorough.

It will start you out with just static electri
Silvio Curtis
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
"It can be covered comfortably in two semesters," but unfortunately I'm not taking a class on this and don't have two semesters to spend on it, so I had to skip or skim most of the math and read for definitions and basic ideas. That's a shame, because it meant missing the heart of the textbook, even though the author tries to give geometrical and intuitive explanations too where at all possible. The first half teaches you to calculate electric fields created by unmoving charges and magnetic fiel ...more
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seriously one of the best stories ever told.

Griffiths connects almost everything you learn in Freshman physics. The story starts with how have we learned simple electric and magnetic fields behave experimentally, and what are equations that model that? Coulomb's law, Biot-Savart law. Electric fields of stationary charges and magnetic fields of steady currents. Then chapter 7 is the climax. Maxwell's equations. E&M distilled to its essence.

My favorite is chapter 9. All the wave/o
Adam Lantos
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that always provides intuition behind everything. It has the right balance of mathematics and intuitive discussion. It addresses subtle points on many occasions. Furthermore, the first chapter is a nice introduction to the mathematics that are used throughout the book; again, this is done in an intuitive way. The writing style is really special: it is breezy and makes the reader feel like he/she wants to read even more. It doesn't follow the serious tone of a typical textbook whic ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great introductory text to the study of electromagnetics. It gives students a good physical understanding of the subject and provides the tools a student needs to solve EM problems. It gives them a solid foundation for them to build upon for more advanced studies in Electromagnetics.

Field and Wave Electromagnetics by David K. Cheng is the other introductory electromagnetics book I recommend. It gives a good physical understanding of the matter, but not to the same extent as Griffiths.
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book for my Intro to E&M class as a physics major in college. The book is well-organized and written in semi-conversational language which greatly relieved the effort I spent on trying to comprehend the material. Equations and theorems are documented in such a way that they can be referenced effortlessly. Practice problems have several levels of difficulty and therefore satisfy the needs of a wide range of learners. Overall, I would recommend this book even if it's not chose ...more
Trevor Picard
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is the bible for an upper-level undergraduate physics course, or even for self-study of electricity and magnetism. Amazing clarity of explanations, thorough and genius treatment of somewhat abstract concepts, easy to parse appendices, and so much more make this the most outstanding, well-written textbook I have ever read not just in physics, but ever. I highly recommend this textbook to anyone who has ever even thought about learning about E&M, as it will be an enjoyable read and a crucially impor ...more
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Other than getting used to full vector notation in calculus, there is really no reason to teach from any other electrodynamics book at the undergraduate level. Freshman and sophomore level books are often so interested in problems due to the large lectures containing many engineers and med students that the explanations are poor at best. This book on the other hand is very clear. While students need to be quite comfortable with calculus to deal with the notation, the explanations are elementary ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Best textbook I've ever had the pleasure (and it really was a pleasure) of reading. Very clear, concise, and, believe it or not, funny. Griffiths' writes in a down-to-earth, simple fashion, so you don't get caught up in jargon and verbosity. He writes to the student, saying how "you" need to do this, and sometimes how "I" prefer to do that. It really feels like he's sitting there teaching you E&M, and it's a great experience.
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
David J. Griffiths is a magician. The way he writes his books is wonderfully unique- as if he were delivering a public lecture, with all the tiny little jokes, while at the same time not missing out the (much required) mathematics. For an example, one of the later chapters in the book gives a brief introduction to the theory of special relativity. The chapter beautifully explains the concept in a way and that other books centered on STR cannot.
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