Classical Mechanics 3rd Edition
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For 30 years, this book has been the acknowledged standard in advanced classical mechanics courses. This classic book enables readers to make connections between classical and modern physics -- an indispensable part of a physicist's education. In this new edition, Beams Medal winner Charles Poole and John Safko have updated the book to include the latest topics, applications, and notation to reflect today's physics curriculum.
- ASIN : 0201657023
- Publisher : Pearson; 3rd edition (June 15, 2001)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 664 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780201657029
- ISBN-13 : 978-0201657029
- Item Weight : 2.84 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.91 x 1.54 x 9.65 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #179,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I would give this book 6 stars if I could. However, the 3rd edition has turned what used to be an excellent book into some kind of butchery and orgy or less relevant topics. For example, very few people doing research actually care about chaos theory, aside from its coolness. While I learned this stuff from a mathematically rigorous standpoint decades ago, I never got to use it since then. Also I find it difficult to discuss chaos theory when stochastic processes are ignored. When doing experiments, you always deal with noise which will actually bury a lot of the interesting dynamics. I really don't see the point of altering Goldstein to cover chaos theory when several excellent textbooks on the topic already exist (Arnold, Devaney, Scheinermann).
I bought the 3rd edition without knowing about its new slant. At the very least, they should have kept what was in the 2nd edition. Instead, they deleted entire sections which I used to love, such as the derivation of the Lagrangian density for an acoustic field (Appendix E). It's totally gone! I am no longer using the 3rd edition copy, and would consider selling it or getting rid of it. I am much better off with my 2nd edition copy.
After using other books to go over the same topics, I realized that the reason I struggled at times in my mechanics class wasn't because of difficulty of content. It was because Goldstein rambled on and on in seemingly random paths. He would start a topic under one label, diverge to talk about his childhood Winters in Aspen(exageration) then ultimately come to a point. After you reread it four or five times, you could see his path of thought.
As an individual who thoroughly knows the content now, I still get lost reading this.
1) Well written proofs.
2) Explanations are a good exploratory alternative to Classical Dynamics by Merriam and Thornton.
None, just different (maybe a little boring compared to above).
I give it two start because it is still good as a reference.
I liked Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continua more.