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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 3 edition (Jan. 15 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0723628963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0723628965
  • ASIN: 0750628960
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.1 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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I should be studying General Relativity right now instead of writing this reveiw, but I'm studying GR from Landau's Field Theory book, and I was so moved by the perfection of his writing that I had to put this review in for my beloved Mechanics book. So here it is ... If it wasn't for Landau, I wouldn't understand physics. He speaks to me in a way that nobody in the world can, clearly, with purpose, and he senses the questions that I have and answers them in a word or two. I used Goldstein's book and Saletan's book for Mechanics, and they all had wonderful stuff about Special Relativity and Nonlinear stuff, but for the meat, for the stuff that sits in your gut and makes you finally feel full, finally feel that you understand what is really happening, there is only Landau. And as I work my way through his books, I finally understand why the whole physics community of Russia banded together to save their 'Dau from the clutches of death. It was simple, they loved him, as I love him, because he makes physics something tangible, something that feels right, something that allows me to look up for once, instead of feeling crushed under the weight of the math and the theory. Hopefully soon, when I have finished this class and his Field Theory book, I will write a review for that one too, but it won't be very much different from this one. HOWEVER, I do have a complaint, and it is directed at the publisher of this book. My book was bound improperly, and it is missing part of the last section of the book. The printing is horrible, (it has been printed in India on poor-quality paper) and in some cases it makes it difficult to read. I'm sure I can send this book back to the publisher and they would replace it for me, but I can't part with it now.Read more ›
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This book(and very hotly contested by their Classical Theory of Fields) has to be the most gorgeous exposition on classical physics to be found. Crystal clear, yet concise and perfectly logical as is to be expected from all of Landau's works. The material is so beautifully developed that this is one of the few places where it is possible to see how each piece of the classical mechanics puzzle fits together. If not for the rest of the book, the sections on the Hamilton-Jacobi Equation, Maupertuis Principle and a small but absolutely incredible section on mechanical similarity are simply a must read. Goldstein(the general) standard suffers from several defects, notably logical inconsistency within the own text(A complaint that can never be made of any of Landau's books). Above all, This book is the perfect keystone to the remaining books of their series, and as such should be read before attempting any of the remaining volumes.
Lastly regarding criticisms that this book does not tend itself to non-integrability and classical chaos I suppose these are justified statments, but considering that this book was never written with such goals in mind, the arguments are irrelevant. There are several excellent references available on such material(including a recently added section in Goldstein) which will satisfy people looking for such topics. But this volume should feature on the bookshelf of anyone that has any interest in classical mechanics and wishes to read the treatment of the subject by a master.
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This has got to be my favorite mechanics book of all time. It does not cover nonlinear mechanics or computational mechanics (two of my favorite research areas) but it is a beautiful and elegant treatment of classical dynamics which is what it was intended to be. Those who believe nonlinear dynamics should have been covered here or that the book is out of date are missing the point. Follow this book up with nonlinear dynamics and you will be dangerous. Not the most complete treatment of classical dynamics but a very beautiful one for those who love classical dynamics.
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This book blew my mind when I first started to read it. Let me start by saying this may not be my first suggestion of a book to start with if you know nothing about classical mechanics. But once you know soemthing, then you can truly appreicate the beauty of the presentation in this book. Dont discredit the quality of this book just because its "soo thin". No matter how "thin" it is, it has just about everything you need to know about classical analytical mechanics. This book's approach is so highly unusual, and perhaps thats what makes it so special. It is a self contained treatment from simple mechanics, ending with a wonderful treatment of the Hamilton Jacobi equation. Also you find some things in here that you dont find anywhere else. Proof that mass is nonnegative, one of the most extensive sections on scattering and collisions. And I was particularly impressed by the small section on mechanical similarity. How many other treatments do you know that give you a simple and clear proof of Kepler's third law in about 2 lines? Im trying to learn Russian right now, and soon as I my proficienly is high enough, this book is very high on my "books to read in russian" list. All in all this book is a must have for every serious student of physics.
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