Matter and Motion

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This slim yet dense volume remains an excellent introduction to Newtonian physics, just as when it was first published in 1877. Beginning with the basics of physical science and working his way steadily up to universal gravitation, Maxwell surveys late-19th-century physics in his clear and concise style.

Matter and Motion addresses:
. motion
. force
. the properties of the center of mass of a material system
. work and energy
. recapitulation
. the pendulum and gravity
. the equations of motion of a connected system

Readers from the science historian to the high school physics student will come away from Matter and Motion with a deeper understanding of the roots of modern physics.

Scottish physicist and mathematician JAMES CLERK MAXWELL (1831-1879) is considered by many to be one of the giants of theoretical physics. Albert Einstein once described Maxwell's work as "the most profound and the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton." A devoutly religious man and a published poet as well as a renowned scientist, Maxwell's books include Theory of Heat (1870), Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism (1873), and Elementary Treatise on Electricity (1881).

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Editorial Reviews

Maxwell's lucid exposition of Newtonian mechanics. This is a reissue of the 1952 Dover edition which was a reprint of the SPCK edition of 1920. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602068537
  • Publisher: Cosimo
  • Publication date: 10/17/2007
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 494,433
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. I Introduction 1
Ch. II On Motion 15
Ch. III On Force 26
Ch. IV On the Properties of the Centre of Mass of a Material System 44
Ch. V On Work and Energy 54
Ch. VI Recapitulation 79
Ch. VII The Pendulum and Gravity 92
Ch. VIII Universal Gravitation 105
Ch. IX On the Equations of Motion of a Connected System 123
App. I The Relativity of the Forces of Nature 137
App. II The Principle of Least Action 145
Index 162
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