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Electrodynamics textbook that emphasizes applications

I am a graduate student in applied mathematics and I am looking for a concise introduction to Maxwell's equations / basic principles of electromagnetism. (I have enjoyed the book by Purcell, Electricity and Magnetism, as an undergrad but I have forgotten most of it). I would like something that covers the conceptual details in a quick way and not necessarily a big textbook. You may assume that I have the necessary mathematics background. I am looking for something that will explain the physics, i.e not a huge textbook with intricate calculations but a short book to get a feel for what is going on.

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Related: physics.stackexchange.com/q/20752/2451 – Qmechanic Jan 5 '13 at 22:16
    
I think this is close enough to be considered a duplicate. – David Z Jan 5 '13 at 22:20
    
@Shibi: I think you'll find what you're looking for in Jackson's grad text; skim the chapters on statics, then read the chapter on Time Varying Fields, Maxwell's Equations, and conserved charges. It's fairly easy reading (the challenge in Jackson is the problems). – user1504 Jan 5 '13 at 22:45
    
Griffiths is decent : amazon.com/Introduction-Electrodynamics-Edition-David-Griffiths/… for fundamentals and a somewhat historical treatment. If you are a math student there are more fundamental treatments (Lorenz and Coulomb gauges, and even a differential forms derivation). I have a masters in math and I wish that I had learned E&M in one of these more fundamental forms (Gauge or differential forms). – daaxix Jan 5 '13 at 22:47

One book I always recommend for learning Maxwell's equations is this book by Daniel Fleish: A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equations. It may perhaps be, at times, a little bit easy (given your mathematics background), but in general, I really think you'll enjoy this book (and, judging from the reviews on Amazon, most people do). It's not huge (144 pages) and very accessible.

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Thank you for your kind suggestion. Will cehck it out. – Shibi Vasudevan Jan 5 '13 at 22:31

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