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Rigid Body Mechanics: Mathematics, Physics and Applications (Physics Textbook) [Paperback]

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This textbook is a modern, concise and focused treatment of the mathematical techniques, physical theories and applications of rigid body mechanics, bridging the gap between the geometric and more classical approaches to the topic. It emphasizes the fundamentals of the subject, stresses the importance of notation, integrates the modern geometric view of mechanics and offers a wide variety of examples -- ranging from molecular dynamics to mechanics of robots and planetary rotational dynamics. The author has unified his presentation such that applied mathematicians, mechanical and astro-aerodynamical engineers, physicists, computer scientists and astronomers can all meet the subject on common ground, despite their diverse applications.

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Pages   262
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.37" Width: 6.61" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 23, 2006
Publisher   Wiley-VCH
ISBN  3527406204  
ISBN13  9783527406203  

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More About William B. Heard

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William B. Heard holds an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Astronomy from Yale University. From 1973 to 1975, he taught as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy and in 1975 accepted a post as Scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory. Here, he developed theoretical and computational techniques for space systems and internal ocean waves. From 1978 to 2003, Dr. Heard worked as a Scientist for Exxon/Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering. During these years, he held a variety of adjunct teaching positions at Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology and Fairleigh Dickinson University where he taught numerical methods, computational fluid dynamics and continuum mechanics. In 2003, Dr. Heard took retirement and now works as an independent writer.

William B. Heard has an academic affiliation as follows - Alexandria, USA.

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Modern treatment of mature subject  Feb 22, 2007
This book presents the theory of rigid body dynamics in a clear and modern way. This fascinating subject is very mature but older and original texts are often difficult to read for modern students. This is therefore a welcome addition to the literature. I found the treatment of the difficult integrable case of Kovalevskaya quite pedagogical. That is quite unusual. I recommend it to graduate students and university teachers in physics and engineering.

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