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Posted December 23, 2009
The description states that this textbook has been around for thirty years but I remember using it in graduate school during the 1960's, more than forty years ago. It was published by Addison Wesley, had a copyright date of 1950, and cost -- according to the copy which still remains in my library -- $13.15 when it was purchased (new) from Barnes and Noble in New York City. I thought that was quite a bit of money in those days.
A very fine textbook.
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.
Posted July 29, 2003
This book was not bad. However, I have never seen newton's laws in the context of 5 dimensions. Using the additional 2 dimensions to incorporate non-linear dynamics was clever. These guys should be selling cupcakes with this type of abstract thinking. Kids will buy anything that tastes good and they havent seen before.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 23, 2009
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