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Mechanics: From Newton's Laws to Deterministic Chaos (Advanced Texts in Physics) [Hardcover]

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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.

In particular, symmetries and invariance principles, geometrical structures and continuum mechanics play an important role. Scheck's Mechanics enables the reader to develop understanding of the general principles from which equations of motions may be derived, to appreciate the importance of symmetries as a basis for quantum mechanics and to get practice in using theoretical tools and concepts that are essential for all branches of physics.

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.

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Pages   547
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.4" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   2.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 23, 2004
Publisher   Springer
ISBN  3540219250  
ISBN13  9783540219255  

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More About Florian Scheck

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Florian Scheck: Born 1936 in Berlin, son of Gustav O. Scheck, flutist. Studied physics at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Diploma in physics 1962, PhD in theoretical physics 1964. Guest scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovoth, Israel, 1964-1966. Research assistant at the University of Heidelberg, 1966-1968. Research Fellow at CERN, Geneva, 1968-1970. From 1970 until 1976 head of theory group at the Swiss Institute of Nuclear Research (PSI), lecturer and titular professor at ETH
Zurich. From 1976-2005 professor of theoretical physics at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. Professor emeritus since 2005. Principal field of activity: Theoretical particle physics.

Florian Scheck currently resides in Mainz. Florian Scheck was born in 1936.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Mechanics: From Newton's Laws to Deterministic Chaos (Advanced Texts in Physics)?

A very complete book  May 11, 2006
Although I agree that one might be scared by the presence of sophisticated chapters like the one devoted to differential geometry, I find that this book is the best for an undergraduate level. It begins with Newtonian mechanics (some knowledge on linear algebra and calculus assumed) and covers all the fundamental points of modern mechanics in a rigorous and straightforward way, including a chapter in special relativity and another on dynamical systems and chaos. As it emphasizes the relevant role of symmetries, it naturally leads to quantum mechanics and can be used by advanced undergrad or graduate students interested in the geometrical foundations of mechanics.
Even though it is certainly not the easiest book available, if you have to buy just one, buy this!
Excellent, but not as a first contact with Mechanics  Nov 20, 2001
I would agree on the rather high quality of the present
book, as pointed out in the other review.

However, the books seems not appropriate for a first contact
with Newtonian mechanics.

While the book makes every effort to introduce the reader to
modern concepts used in Mechanics, notably its setting in a
differential geometric context and an introduction to nonlinear
dynamical systems, the very basis of vector mechanics receives
only attention from one chapter.

This is clearly inadequate and a thourough understanding of
elementary vector mechanics and a good round of problem solving
is certainly essential before addressing even the simplest
Lagrangian mechanics.

The reason I want to point this out, is that the book is used
at an early level in German universities.

That is scary. I can well imagine people attempting to walk
through tangent spaces, but not able to integrate a simple
dynamics problem in R^2.

Please be careful!

The greatest undergratuate book in Mechanics.  Nov 28, 1999
This book is the greatest there is for a study of mechanics on an undergratuate level. This book covers alot of subjects with a unique combination of strictness and easyness. It's a must for all physics and mathematics students. It's index: 1.Elementary Newton Mechanics 2.The Principles of Canonical Mechanics 3.The Mechanics of Rigid Bodies 4.Relativistic Mechanics 5.Geometric Apsects of Mechanics 6.Stability and Chaos 7.Continuous Systems

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