Item description for Geometric Mechanics: Toward a Unification of Classical Physics by Richard Talman...
For physicists, mechanics is quite obviously geometric, yet the classical approach typically emphasizes abstract, mathematical formalism. Setting out to make mechanics both accessible and interesting for non-mathematicians, Richard Talman uses geometric methods to reveal qualitative aspects of the theory. He introduces concepts from differential geometry, differential forms, and tensor analysis, then applies them to areas of classical mechanics as well as other areas of physics, including optics, crystal diffraction, electromagnetism, relativity, and quantum mechanics. For easy reference, the author treats Lagrangian, Hamiltonian, and Newtonian mechanics separately -- exploring their geometric structure through vector fields, symplectic geometry, and gauge invariance respectively. Practical perturbative methods of approximation are also developed. This second, fully revised edition has been expanded to include new chapters on electromagnetic theory, general relativity, and string theory. 'Geometric Mechanics' features illustrative examples and assumes only basic knowledge of Lagrangian mechanics.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 7" Height: 1.4" Weight: 2.75 lbs.
Release Date Jul 27, 2007
ISBN 3527406832 ISBN13 9783527406838
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More About Richard Talman
Richard M. Talman is Professor of Physics at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He studied physics at the University of Western Ontario and received his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology in 1963. After accepting a full professorship for Physics at Cornell in 1971, he spent time as Visiting Scientist in Stanford, CERN, Berkeley, and the S.S.C. in Dallas and Saskatchewan. In addition, he has delivered lecture series at several institutions including Rice and Yale Universities. Professor Talman has been engaged in the design and construction of a series of accelerators, with special emphasis on x-rays.
Richard Talman was born in 1934 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Cornell University Cornell University, USA Cornell University Cornell.