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  •  Classical Electrodynamics - Jackson, 2nd ed. (4+ / 0-)

    Yeah, I know it's physics, but trust me that's too broad a topic, just like mathematics or philosophy or literature, for pete's sake.

    It survives to this day, down in my heavily overstuffed "library", in remarkably good shape, once I got over the impulse to burn it.

    The "red book", or 2nd edition dated 1975, was still available new when I began grad school in 1981.  Can still remember the frisson of horror every time I opened the text, wishing I had enough graduate assistant salary coupons to pay for a set of solutions to its problems.  Never got them, got through E&M somehow, went on to be the obnoxious professor who asked all orals' students to "derive light from Maxwell's Equations."  Strange how so few of them could do it, even with years of advance warning.

    Despite the rapid onrush of dementia, I might still be able to do it.  Not sure my handwriting's up to it, though... So I trust no one will embarrass me further.

    And H(Ψ) = E(Ψ), which always seemed reason enough to love Quantum Mechanics.

    (-7.62,-7.33) Carbon footprint 12.6 metric tons. l'Enfer, c'est les autres.

    by argomd on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 02:23:23 PM PST

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