Mechanics

From Newton's Laws to Deterministic Chaos

Authors: Scheck, Florian A.

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Purpose and Emphasis. Mechanics not only is the oldest branch of physics but was and still is the basis for all of theoretical physics. Quantum mechanics can hardly be understood, perhaps cannot even be formulated, without a good knowledge of general mechanics. Field theories such as electrodynamics borrow their formal framework and many of their building principles from mechanics. In short, throughout the many modem developments of physics where one fre­ quently turns back to the principles of c1assical mechanics its model character is feIt. For this reason it is not surprising that the presentation of mechanics reflects to some extent the development of modem physics and that today this c1assical branch of theoretical physics is taught rather differently than at the time of Arnold Sommerfeld, in the 1920s, or even in the 1950s, when more emphasis was put on the theory and the applications of partial-differential equations. Today, symme­ tries and invariance principles, the structure ofthespace-time continuum, and the geometrical structure of mechanics play an important role. The beginner should realize that mechanics is not primarily the art of describing block-and-tackles, coIIisions of billiard balls, constrained motions of the cylinder in a washing ma­ chine, or bicycle riding.

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"¿ The author writes well and comprehensively ¿ Ideal for a physics student desirous of mastering the basic tools." Contemporary Physics

"Scheck has provided us with an assortment of problems¿In addition, he has added an innovation: ¿practical¿ exercises along with suggested methods of approach for a solution¿ I would not be surprised if it were to find wider use among faculty and advanced students seeking to update their picture of mechanics¿one might do considerably worse than to use it as an entrée into the literature of chaos." American Scientist


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Elementary Newtonian Mechanics

    Scheck, Florian A.

    Pages 1-76

  • The Principles of Canonical Mechanics

    Scheck, Florian A.

    Pages 77-165

  • The Mechanics of Rigid Bodies

    Scheck, Florian A.

    Pages 167-210

  • Relativistic Mechanics

    Scheck, Florian A.

    Pages 211-254

  • Geometric Aspects of Mechanics

    Scheck, Florian A.

    Pages 255-319

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mechanics
Book Subtitle
From Newton's Laws to Deterministic Chaos
Authors
Copyright
1994
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-02973-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-02973-2
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XIV, 513
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