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Posted July 6, 2007
There is a proverb which claims that families go from rags to riches and back again in three generations. So it is with this wonderful textbook. In the first generation the author worked hard and produced a text which, as a more contemporary version of the authoritative treatise on analytical dynamics of Edmund T. Whittaker, served graduate students as an introduction to classical mechanics and researchers for an accessible reference. In the second generation clarifications were made, bibliography added, and especially the role of symmetry was amplified altogether an improvement on the already excellent first edition. But in the third generation, the heirs went overboard, regressing on the old treatment and placing supposedly fashionable embellishments which turn out to be a distraction. Altogether a disaster the book is long-winded, having lost its original conciseness, while the extensions are better treated at length and in better detail elsewhere.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.