Author: "Masud Mansuripur"

Field, Force, Energy and Momentum in Classical Electrodynamics (Revised Edition)

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ISBN: 978-1-68108-557-9 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-556-2 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2017
DOI: 10.2174/97816810855621170101


The classical theory of electrodynamics is based on Maxwell's equations and the Lorentz law of force. This book begins with a detailed analysis of these equations, and proceeds to examine their far-reaching consequences. The traditional approach to electrodynamics treats the ‘microscopic’ equations of Maxwell as fundamental, with electric charge and electric current as the sole sources of the electric and magnetic fields. Subsequently, polarization and magnetization are introduced into Maxwell's equations to account for the observed behavior of material media. The augmented equations, known as Maxwell's ‘macroscopic’ equations, are considered useful for practical applications, but are also ultimately reducible to the more fundamental ‘microscopic’ equations. In contrast, this textbook treats Maxwell's ‘macroscopic’ equations as the foundation of classical electrodynamics, and treats electrical charge, electrical current, polarization, and magnetization as the basic constituents of material media. The laws that govern the distribution of electromagnetic energy and momentum in space-time are also introduced in an early chapter, then discussed in great detail in subsequent chapters.

The text presents several examples that demonstrate the solution of Maxwell's equations in diverse situations, aiming to enhance the reader’s understanding of the flow of energy and momentum as well as the distribution of force and torque throughout the matter-field systems under consideration.

This revised edition of Field, Force, Energy and Momentum in Classical Electrodynamics features revised chapters, some of which include expanded discussions of fundamental concepts or alternative derivations of important formulas. The new edition also features three additional chapters covering Maxwell’s equations in spherical coordinates (Chapter 10), the author’s recent discussion (and streamlined proof) of the Optical Theorem (Chapter 13), and the fascinating connections between electromagnetism and Einstein’s special theory of relativity (Chapter 15). A new appendix covers the SI system of units that has been used throughout the book.

The book is a useful textbook for physics majors studying classical electrodynamics. It also serves as a reference for industry professionals and academic faculty in the fields of optics and advanced electronics.


Review 1

Many books have been written on classical electromagnetic fields because of the fundamental importance of this field in science and technology and the suite of related university courses. Professor Mansuripur’s Field, Force, Energy and Momentum in Classical Electrodynamics stands apart because of the scope, the historical treatment, and the fundamental stance related to the underlying concepts. In particular, his treatment of momentum and force is especially notable. As someone who thinks about this topic daily, I should say that I see the writing of this book as a valuable contribution. In fact, I am anxious to have a copy available for my own reference.

There are too few choices for books on electromagnetics that are suitable for graduate classes, so this book fulfills an important need. Starting with an introduction to fields, then moving to the theory of electromagnetics, and on to transforms and functions, the stage is set for those with varied backgrounds. I like the inclusion of the Clausius-Mossotti material description and causality implied in the Kramers-Kronig relations because of their importance in the homogenized material parameters. The treatment of Maxwell’s equations for plane waves is particularly useful for both basic understanding and in applications. Solution strategies in various coordinate systems are presented in a natural manner. The discussion of reciprocity provides a mathematical and physical framework that is important at multiple levels, as is the treatment of special relativity. On a lighter note, the cover artwork projects the grand scale of electromagnetic phenomena, and this is also reflected in the many interesting quotes. The book is an excellent choice for a one-semester class, for a two-semester sequence, and as a general reference.

Professor Kevin Webb,
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Review 2

Masud Mansuripur’s book Field, Force, Energy and Momentum in Classical Electrodynamics is a novel exposition of electrodynamics. Unlike most of the contemporary texts, which start with microscopic electrodynamics of the fundamental fields E and B, it starts from the beginning with Maxwell’s equations for four macroscopic fields E, H, D and B, none of which is considered as more “fundamental” than the others, whose independent sources are free electric charge and current distributions, and fields of polarization and magnetization. In a certain sense, this may be considered as a return to the traditional conceptual framework of electricity and magnetism, but in Mansuripur’s hands it is built in an original way as a coherent and logically consistent theory of electromagnetic phenomena.

This is a graduate-level text, but by the virtue of the logically clear exposition, it should be accessible to students with modest background in electricity and magnetism. It develops nicely all the mathematical tools of trade that are needed in the subject. The numerous problems at the end of each chapter, the solution of some of which is given in an appendix, are pedagogically valuable and instructive.

The breadth of the topics covered is wide, from the fundamentals of the theory, techniques of the solving of Maxwell’s equations, to many of its applications in macroscopic media. The topics devoted to methods and those dealing with specific problems are well balanced. Mansuripur’s book is an excellent graduate text, comparable, but complementary in its approach, to Jackson’s well-known Classical Electrodynamics and Zangwill’s more recent Modern Electrodynamics.

Vladimir Hnizdo
Formerly of the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

Review 3

“…belongs in the reference library of any serious student of classical electrodynamics…”

Prof. John Weiner (Retired.)
Formerly a visiting professor at Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France


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