Online pdf file of The Physics of Waves ---
by Howard Georgi ---
originally published by Prentice-Hall
As I prepared to teach the sophomore waves course at Harvard
again after a break of over 10 years, I realized that I had accumulated
a list of many things that I wanted to change in my waves text. And while
I was very grateful to Prentice-Hall for all the help they gave me in
turning my notes into a textbook, I felt that it was time to liberate the
book from its paper straightjacket, and try to turn it into something more
continuously evolving. Thus I asked Prentice-Hall to release
the rights back to me, and
they graciously agreed. My intention is to leave the textbook up on the web
for students and teachers to use as they see fit, so long as they give me
credit and do not use it for commercial purposes. I hope that readers will
send suggestions for improvements. I will not have much time to think about
these and implement them. But if I do incorporate something in the online
version as the result of a suggestion, I will acknowledge the suggestion in
the list of changes below.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.
The programs --- ALLSLOW.EXE --- see appendix A
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Summary of changes to The Physics of Waves
I will try to record important changes to the text, but will not include
every typo or spelling mistake.
June 2007: Moved the section Wakes and Shocks to a separate Chapter
14. There is still work to do on this. For example, some problems would
be nice. Any suggestions?
January 2007: Included sections on
geometrical optics and the rainbow in Chapter 11.
November 2006: Put up the text, incorporating changes for typos
found over the years. Added hypertext.
Changed sectioning slightly - having more sections and numbering the
subsections to make hypertext more useful.
Added section on the Kelvin wake to Chapter
11. For the Kelvin wake section, undergraduate
Alan O'Donnell stimulated my interest in this and pointed me
to the remarkable picture at the beginning of the section. I am deeply
grateful to Hasuk (Francis) Song for helping me understand the
literature. I am also
grateful to many students for contributing to my understanding
of the wake and to my (still limited) ability to convey my
understanding. The list includes Susannah Dickerson and the students in my
Shan Yuan (Ben) Huang,
Nikhil Srivastava and