The Classical Theory of Fields

The Classical Theory of Fields

Volume 2

4th Edition - January 1, 1980

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  • Authors: L D Landau, E.M. Lifshitz
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750627689

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The fourth edition contains seven new sections with chapters on General Relativity, Gravitational Waves and Relativistic Cosmology. The text has been thoroughly revised and additional problems inserted.The Complete course of Theoretical Physics by Landau and Lifshitz, recognized as two of the world's outstanding physicists, is published in full by Butterworth-Heinemann. It comprises nine volumes, covering all branches of the subject; translations from the Russian are by leading scientists.


For final year undergraduates, postgraduates, and research workers in theoretical physics and physics.

Table of Contents

  • The principle of relativity; Relativistic mechanics; Electromagnetic fields; Electromagnetic waves; The propagation of light; The field of moving charges; Radiation of electromagnetic waves; Particle in a gravitational field; The gravitational field equation; The field of gravitational bodies; Gravitational waves; Relativistic cosmology; Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 402
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1987
  • Published: January 1, 1980
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750627689

About the Authors

L D Landau

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Physical Problems, U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences

E.M. Lifshitz

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  • Brian C. Sat Nov 05 2022

    An advanced treatment that is

    An advanced treatment that is comprehensive and crystal clear. Conveniently, problems are followed immediately by a full solution. A highly regarded text since the first edition appeared in 1951.

  • JoelRogers Thu May 16 2019

    Classical Theory of Fields

    More comprehensive than the edition of 60 years ago, especially regarding the gravitational field.

  • Ricardo V. Sat Dec 30 2017

    An excelent classical book for fast and solid study of relativity theory

    The Classical Theory of Fields, the second volume of the famous Landau and Lifshitz Course of Theoretical Physics, provides a fast and solid way to study the special and general relativity, as well as electrodynamics. The reader will find several original discussions that are not usually covered in other books. The examples are quite interesting and they cover problems that were -- or could be -- the subject of a good publication at the time of development of general relativity or even in the current days.