Classical Mechanics / Edition 3by Herbert Goldstein, Charles P. Poole Jr., John L. Safko
Pub. Date: 06/28/2001
For 30 years, this book has been the acknowledged standard in advanced classical mechanics courses. This classic book enables readers to make connections between classical and modern physics an indispensable part of a physicist's education. In this new edition, Beams Medal winner Charles Poole and John Safko have updated the book to include the latest topics
For 30 years, this book has been the acknowledged standard in advanced classical mechanics courses. This classic book enables readers to make connections between classical and modern physics an indispensable part of a physicist's education. In this new edition, Beams Medal winner Charles Poole and John Safko have updated the book to include the latest topics, applications, and notation to reflect today's physics curriculum.
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Table of Contents
1. Survey of the Elementary Principles.
2. Variational Principles and Lagrange's Equations.
UPDATED! 3. The Central Force Problem.
4. The Kinematics of Rigid Body Motion.
5. The Rigid Body Equations of Motion.
UPDATED! 6. Oscillations.
REVISED! 7. The Classical Mechanics of the Special Theory of Relativity.
8. The Hamiltonian Equations of Motion.
9. Canonical Transformations.
10. Hamilton-Jacobi Theory and Action Angle Variables.
NEW! 11. Classical Chaos.
REVISED! 12. Canonical Perturbation Theory.
13. Introduction to Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formulations for Continuous Systems and Fields.
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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.
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.
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.