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<TitleText textcase="02">Covariant Electrodynamics</TitleText>
<Subtitle>A Concise Guide</Subtitle>
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John M. Charap
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Electromagnetic theory, Maxwell’s equations, Electrodyamics, Classical electromagnetic theory
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A notoriously difficult subject, covariant electrodynamics is nonetheless vital for understanding relativistic field theory. John M. Charap's classroom-tested introduction to the mathematical foundations of the topic presents the material in an approachable manner.<br><br>Charap begins with a historical overview of electrodynamics and a discussion of the preliminary mathematics one needs in order to grasp the advanced and abstract concepts underlying the theory. He walks the reader through Maxwell's four equations, explaining how they were developed and demonstrating how they are applied. From there, Charap moves through the other components of electrodynamics, such as Lorentz transformations, tensors, and charged particle behavior. At each point, he carefully works through the mathematics, applies the concepts to simple physical systems, and provides historical context that makes clear the connections among the theories and the mathematicians responsible for developing them. A concluding chapter reviews the history of electrodynamics and points the way for independent testing of the theory.<br><br>Thorough, evenly paced, and intuitive, this friendly introduction to high-level covariant electrodynamics is a handy and helpful addition to any physicist's toolkit.
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"John Charap succeeds well in making electrodynamics manifestly covariant, providing historical background and applications of far-reaching importance. The diligent reader, armed with pen and ample scratch paper for filling in the intermediate steps, will see covariant electrodynamics emerge coherently."—Dwight E. Neuenschwander, author of <i>Emmy Noether's Wonderful Theorem</i><P>"Like any good textbook that is intended for the purpose of teaching a course, there are numerous problems at the end of each chapter of varying degrees of difficulty."—<i>Mathematical Reviews</i>
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<b>John M. Charap</b> is an emeritus professor of theoretical physics at the University of London's Queen Mary College. He is the editor of <i>Geometry of Constrained Dynamical Systems</i> and the author of <i>Explaining the Universe: The New Age of Physics</i>.
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