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Lagrangian Interaction: An Introduction To Relativistic Symmetry In Electrodynamics And Gravitation (Brooks/Cole Series in Educational) First Edition Edition

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ISBN-10: 0201416255
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This text is based on limiting the ultimate depth achieved in examining the foundations of physics and the fundamental interactions, via a study of electrodynamics and gravitation in order to provide a considerable fraction of the different topics required in one place in a common notation and philosohpy at an undergraduate level.
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Product Details

  • Series: Brooks/Cole Series in Educational
  • Paperback: 590 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; First Edition edition (January 22, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201416255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201416251
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,820,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent book. It is an introduction to Lagrangian mechanics, starting with Newtonian physics and proceeding to topics such as relativistic Lagrangian fields and Lagrangians in General Relativity, electrodynamics, Gauge theory, and relativistic gravitation. The mathematical notation used is introduced and explained as the book progresses, so it can be understood by students at the undergraduate level in physics or applied mathmatics, yet it is rigorous enough to serve as an introduction to the mathematics and concepts required for courses in relativistic quantum field theory and general relativity.
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I was expecting something along the lines of an updated Lanczos (The Variational Principles of Mechanics). But the emphasis here is very much on relativistic symmetries. Actually the book reminds me somewhat of Penrose's _Road to Reality_ and -- perhaps a better comparison -- Longair's _Theoretical Concepts in Physics_, with a mix of popular and semi-popular exposition, historical background, and more detailed mathematical exposition, but with a focus on relativistic symmetry (which still allows for a pretty wide-ranging number of topics in physics).

One complaint: the paper, printing and artwork are rather poor for a $45 paperback. Oxford and Cambridge Press, for example, produce much higher quality paperbacks in this price range. I've knocked off a star for that.
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Very nice presentation of subject matter with right balance of exercises (if only there were some worked out solutions or more detailed hints). Sufficient coverage of varied topics to suit taste of most applications oriented readers. The theory side is presented very clearly to help aid deeper understanding for later topics. Book is not for beginners though - reader should have good grasp of undergraduate classical mechanics before tackling this paperback. Overly extensive set of references unless your into history of all(hundreds) of contributors to this branch of mechanics. Very good supplement if continuing on to study for an advanced degree in physics or applied mathematics.
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