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This book is an excellent text for physics graduate students. It is unsuited for undergraduate use. I echo the observation of several other commenters in that the derivations are in places too abbreviated and impose a substantial burden on the reader having to fill in the blanks.
The problems range in difficulty, with the relatively easy problems not being terribly easy in the usual sense, to very difficult. Acquiring the ability to solve Jackson problems imbues you with professional level skills as an analyst. The problems one encounters as a professional engineer or applied physicist are really not much harder than difficult Jackson problems. On the other hand, even graduate students will benefit by having a more accessible secondary text for use in a graduate electromagnetism course.
The Jackson text affords excellent preparation for professional analysis, but is not ideal from a pedantic viewpoint. It should not be one's sole resource in learning graduate electromagnetism, but it is a very valuable one.
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nealjking - LibraryThing
This book is not fun to read, but it is pretty complete. It is still the standard text for electrodynamics in graduate school. Read full review