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Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics, Second Edition

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We now know that there is much more to classical mechanics than previously suspected. Derivations of the equations of motion, the focus of traditional presentations of mechanics, are just the beginning. This innovative textbook, now in its second edition, concentrates on developing general methods for studying the behavior of classical systems, whether or not they have a s ...more
Hardcover, 578 pages
Published February 13th 2015 by MIT Press (first published March 15th 2001)
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Benson Lee
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm only halfway through the first chapter, but so far the text is among the clearest of any technical text that I've come across in my life. The authors correctly note that advanced technical texts have a problem with parsimonious notation - specifically, formulas are either so short that they imprecisely represent what's going on, or they're so long that it's difficult to make heads or tails of the formula from first glance. The text appropriately repeats formulas to aid learning and carefully ...more
DJ
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only those running Linux
Began this book but couldn't find a distribution of Scheme and Scmutils that ran well on a Windows machine. Tried using Mathematica but porting all that code was interfering with my learning of the physics. Its a damn shame that Sussman and Wise are so biased against Windows machines because this book and its approach looked to be great but they've sabotaged any hope of widespread availability by adamantly denying any support for the Windows community.
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