David J. Griffiths
Emeritus Professor of Physics
Knowlton Laboratory of Physics 26
- Ph. D. Physics 1970 Harvard University
- M. A. Physics 1966 Harvard University
- B. A. Physics 1964 Harvard University
- "Covariant Approach to Massless Field Theory in the Radiation Gauge" (advisor: Sidney Coleman)
- 1970-72 University of Utah
- 1972-74 University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- 1974 Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
- 1974-77 Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
- 1977-78 Trinity College, Hartford, CT
- 1978-2009 Reed College, Portland, OR
- 2001-02 On leave at Mt. Holyoke, UMass (fall); Amherst, Smith (spring).
- 2007 (spring) Visiting Professor, Stanford University.
- Classical Electrodynamics
- Quantum Mechanics
- Elementary Particle Theory
Selected recent student thesis titles:
- 2009, Robin Bjorkquist, "Hidden Momentum"
- 2008, Jacob Gilman, "A Study of the B+ Meson Decay to ω ρ+"
- 2006, Kevin Connolly, "Quantum Mechanics of the Electric Dipole Potential"
- 2005, Darren Platt, "Self-Adjoint Extensions and Quantum Mechanics"
- 2004, Moira Gresham, "Two-Dimensional Radial Laplacian Growth"
Selected recent publications:
- "Quantum Mechanics of the 1/x^2 Potential" (with Andrew Essin), Am.
J. Phys. 74, 109 (2006).
Dipoles in One, Two, and Three Dimensions" (with Kevin Connolly), Am. J. Phys. 75,
Momentum, Field Momentum, and Electromagnetic Impulse" (with D. Babson, S. Reynolds, and R.
Bjorkquist), Am J. Phys 77, 826 (2009).
- "Abraham-Lorentz versus Landau-Lifshitz" (with T.C. Proctor and D.F. Schroeter), Am. J. Phys. 78, 391 (2010).
- "Dynamic dipoles" Am. J. Phys. 79, 867 (2011).
- "Electromagnetic Momentum" Am. J. Phys. 80, 7 (2012).
Beware: I am appalled to discover that defective copies of Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd and 4th editions) and Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd edition), are selling in Europe, under imprints like "Pearson New International Edition." Some covers show a lightning bolt, or a jig-saw puzzle, whole chapters are sometimes missing (or in the wrong order), and the index contains nonsensical entries. There are probably other errors I did not notice. I am pleased that Pearson is putting out lower-priced (paperback) editions for the international market (given that the hardback American editions are so obscenely overpriced), but I cannot understand why they do not simply reprint the correct version verbatim. I suppose the defective copies will be adequate for most users, but I am acutely embarrassed, and I do apologize. If it becomes a problem, I suggest you contact the publisher, and request a clean copy.
"Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd ed.", Addison Wesley, 1999.
- ED3a, August 20, 2009.
- ED3b, January 16, 2013.
- ED3ISMa, September 1, 2004.
- ED3ISMb, September 15, 2009
- ED3ISMc, January 16, 2013.
"Introduction to Electrodynamics, 4th ed.", Pearson, 2013.
"Introduction to Quantum Mechanics", Prentice Hall, 1995.
"Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd ed.", Addison Wesley, 2004.
- QM2a, September 14, 2009.
- QM2b, January 18, 2013.
- QM2ISM, January 18, 2013.
"Introduction to Elementary Particles, 2nd ed.", Wiley-VCH, 2008.
- EP2a, September 17, 2009.
- EP2b, January 21, 2013.
- EP2c, March 19, 2014.
"Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Physics", Cambridge, 2013.
- Committee of Examiners, Graduate Record Examination in Physics (1994-2000).
- Book Review Editor, American Journal of Physics (1996-2003).
- Editorial Board, Physical Review E (1998-2004).
- Editorial Advisory Board, American Journal of Physics (2005-2007).
- Consulting Editor, American Journal of Physics (2008-).