Mechanics: From Newton's Laws to Deterministic Chaos / Edition 5

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"This updated and revised fourth edition covers all topics in mechanics from elementary Newtonian mechanics, canonical and rigid body mechanics to relativistic mechanics and nonlinear dynamics." The book contains numerous problems with complete solutions, and some practical examples. This will be appreciated in particular by students using the text to accompany lectures on mechanics. The book ends with some historical remarks on important pioneers in mechanics.

"...this updated edition includes new sections on the tippe top, Riemannian geometry and manifolds, and revisions of details...also includes a mathematical appendix and a guide to the literature of mechanics."

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Classical mechanics provides the conceptual foundation on which the remainder of physics--however radically "non-classical" it might superficially appear--rests. The shape of modern developments does, however, serve to control the manner in which the rich subject matter of classical mechanics is organized and presented. The latter point is illustrated very nicely by the present text, which is intended to serve the needs of thoughtful graduate and advanced undergraduate students of physics and which derives from a course taught over the years at Johannes Gutenberg Univ. Mainz, Germany. Chapter 5 provides a good introduction to the differential geometric aspects of mechanics, Chapter 6 looks to stability and chaos, Chapter 7 to classical field theory. Arguably the best "modern approach to classical mechanics" presently available. Good exercises are collected together at the end of the volume. The production quality is good, the price is right, and the text appears quite capable of the serious work for which it was intended. NW Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642053696
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Graduate Texts in Physics Series
  • Edition description: 5th ed. 2010
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 547
  • Sales rank: 1,070,895
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Elementary newtonian mechanics 1
2 The principles of canonical mechanics 87
3 The mechanics of rigid bodies 185
4 Relativistic mechanics 239
5 Geometric aspects of mechanics 283
6 Stability and chaos 355
7 Continuous systems 419
Exercises 437
Solution of exercises 463
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