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Course of Theoretical Physics: Vol. 1, Mechanics

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Mechanics (Course of Theoretical Physics, Volume 1)
Hardcover, 169 pages
Published October 1st 1981 by Pergamon (first published 1969)
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Bojan Tunguz
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most significant moments in my Physics education came during my sophomore year in college. I decided to pick up a copy of "Mechanics" by Landau and Lifshitz that was on reserve in the library for the mechanics class that I was taking. This is the first volume in the internationally renowned series of textbooks on theoretical Physics, the series that has a reputation for its sparse and difficult writing style, as well as the undoubted difficulty and brilliance of the material presented ...more
Paolo
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic concise exposure of the principles of theoretical physics from the mechanics on.
The genius of Lev in these pages.
Hollis
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
A great book on classical mechanics but it must be emphasized that the Landau-Lifschitz books are generally intended for advanced students who already have some knowledge of the subject in question. Their book on fluid mechanics is really an advanced textbook in the subject, for example, with many results not found elsewhere in the field. The popularity and renown of the books amongst students is actually quite misleading in that respect, as none of them are really introductory,
dead letter office
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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there are no wasted words in this book, which makes it easily the most elegant presentation of classical mechanics i've ever seen. simultaneously a pleasure to read (when you see what's going on) and difficult to understand (when you don't). the starting point is the principle of least action, and newton's laws are only given as an afterthought.

it's hard to overstate the beauty of this text.

this is the first volume of the 10 volume landau/lifshitz course on physics, and b
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Kevin Nuckolls
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A concise, pointed review of classical mechanics. Every word, every equation, every comment in this text as meaningful and necessary.
Anthomansland
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-physics
One of the most elegant, concise, precise, and powerful presentation of classical mechanics.
Not a single word or drawing is wasted. Landau's presentation is logical and clear, if a bit fast ; this is not a book you can read without putting serious effort in it.

The genius of the book is the emphasis on the well-known concepts with the principle of least action. Kepler's law, Newton's law, and many other are directly derived from it. The formalism of classical mechanics is shown
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Siqi
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics
HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE PHYSICS TEXTBOOK OF ALL TIMES.
Doya
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: perfect
still best.
Angian
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Una formulazione matematico-deduttiva della meccanica classica. Un testo molto popolare tra i fisici, dicono.

L'apprezzamento di un libro del genere non può che dipendere fortemente dal background del lettore. Io sono ingegnere delle telecomunicazioni (pure un po' arrugginito), quindi in una posizione intermedia tra il pubblico ideale (matematici e fisici) e un profano assoluto. Mi ci sono avvicinato con scarso ottimismo, mettendo in conto di dover abbandonare il testo per inadeguatez
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Ronald Lett
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The definitive work on the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation of mechanics. Be wary that you should have a working knowledge of differential geometry or a mastery of analytic geometry as it will be fully applied to physical problems. It is also very dense, but very well written. By density, one means that a typical sentence contains the information that an entire chapter in an undergraduate text would spend time expounding. It is up to the mature reader to motivate any necessary expansion of ...more
Wetdryvac Wetdryvac
This is the perfect example of why suffering any form of brain trauma is a bad plan. Once upon a time, I could *almost* keep up with this series. Now... I can sometimes almost remember what keeping up with this was like. When I was able to keep up, it was awesome. It's still awesome from a layman's perspective, but I have to spend ages running the numbers now, instead of, "This makes sense," And just know I'm good to go.

Grr. Yay. And more yay, since I actually sat down to re-read som
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DJ
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: seasoned classical mechanics
Shelves: physics
I read about half of this but realized it's not exactly the greatest introductory text to classical mechanics.

Landau seems to have attained god-like status among many physicists for his "great books," but these are really only great in retrospect, as unifiers of concepts once you've learned them elsewhere. His books generally lack motivation or links to natural phenomena. That said, if you're looking for an introduction to any topics in physics, avoid Landau.
Ryan
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes a large textbook on Advanced mechanics ie Goldstein and condenses it into the size of a short story paper back. I enjoyed this book but be ready to spend alot of time figuring out how to get from one page to the next. As Landau says "After a few simple substitutions" which turns out to be about three pages of integrals. Good Luck!!!
Rich Bergmann
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE definitive treatment of Mechanics by one of the best mathematical physicists that ever lived.
Rahul Munshi
From word one, these guys meant business. Great book.
Cian Chartier
Oct 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: theoretical physics undergraduates
Shelves: mathematics
A concise and (mostly) well-written textbook on mechanics that may be tough-going for some undergraduates who don't really know their maths beforehand.
Jericho Cain
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
One of the best textbooks on mechanics I have ever read. It is clear and to the point without distracting tangents.
Manuela Carvalho
The best book of classical mechanics I've read
Deepender
Oct 19, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
nice book
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