John Taylor has brought to his most recent book, ClassicalMechanics, all of the clarity and insight that made his Introduction toError Analysisa best-selling text. ClassicalMechanicsis intended for students who have studied some mechanics in anintroductory physics course, such as “freshman physics.” With unusual clarity, the book covers most of the topics normally found in books at this level, includingconservation laws, oscillations, Lagrangian mechanics, two-body problems, non-inertial frames, rigid bodies, normal modes, chaos theory,Hamiltonian mechanics, and continuum mechanics. A particular highlight is the chapter on chaos, which focuses on a fewsimple systems, to give a truly comprehensible introduction to theconcepts that we hear so much about. At the end of each chapter is a large selection of interesting problemsfor the student, 744 in all, classified by topic and approximate difficulty, and ranging fromsimple exercises to challenging computer projects.
Adopted by more than 450 colleges anduniversities in the USA and Canada and translated into six languages, Taylor’s Classical Mechanicsisa thorough and very readable introduction to a subject that is four hundredyears old but as exciting today as ever. Theauthor manages to convey that excitement as well as deep understanding and insight.Download