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Classical field theory, which concerns the generation and interaction of fields, is a logical precursor to quantum field theory, and can be used to describe phenomena such as gravity and electromagnetism. Written for advanced undergraduates, and appropriate for graduate level classes, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to field theories, with a focus on their relativistic structural elements. Such structural notions enable a deeper understanding of Maxwell's equations, which lie at the heart of electromagnetism, and can also be applied to modern variants such as Chern–Simons and Born–Infeld. The structure of field theories and their physical predictions are illustrated with compelling examples, making this book perfect as a text in a dedicated field theory course, for self-study, or as a reference for those interested in classical field theory, advanced electromagnetism, or general relativity. Demonstrating a modern approach to model building, this text is also ideal for students of theoretical physics.Read more
- Provides a sophisticated review of material, allowing students to evaluate important topics
- With an emphasis on clarity and simplicity it is accessible and will keep the reader focused
- Includes a numerical methods chapter to allow readers to consider specific numerical techniques
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'The style of the book is quite informal … but the computations appear to be correct, complete and suitable to the scope of the book. … The appendices about mathematical methods can be a good refresher for what was learnt in math courses and will suffice for understanding the mathematics in the different sections.' Giovanni Rastelli, Zentralblatt MATH
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- Date Published: March 2017
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108103138
- contains: 64 b/w illus.
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Table of Contents
1. Special relativity
2. Point particle fields
3. Field lagrangians
Appendix A. Mathematical methods
Appendix B. Numerical methods
Appendix C. E&M from an action
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