**Classical Mechanics 3rd INTERNATIONAL Edition by Herbert Goldstein, ISBN-13: 978-1292026558**

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- Publisher: Pearson; 3rd edition (July 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- 664 pages
- ISBN-10: 1292026553
- ISBN-13: 978-1292026558

For 30 years, this classic text has been the acknowledged standard in classical mechanics courses. * Classical Mechanics* enables students to make connections between classical and modern physics an indispensable part of a physicist s education. The authors have updated the topics, applications, and notations to reflect today s physics curriculum. They introduce students to the increasingly important role that nonlinearities play in contemporary applications of classical mechanics. New numerical exercises help students develop skills in the use of computer techniques to solve problems in physics. Mathematical techniques are presented in detail so that the text remains fully accessible to students who have not had an intermediate course in classical mechanics.

**Features:**

The classical approach of this leading text book has been revised and updated A section on the Euler and Lagrange exact solutions to the three-body problem A section on the damped driven oscillator as an example of the workings of the Josephson junction Chapter on canonical perturbation theory has been streamlined and the mathematics has been simplified Approximately 45 new problems, mostly in Chapters 1 8 and 11. Problems sets are now divided into Derivations and Exercises Solutions for 19 select problems have been provided in Appendix C

**Table Of Contents:**

Survey of the Elementary Principles Variational Principles and Lagrange s Equations The Central Force Problem The Kinematics of Rigid Body Motion The Rigid Body Equations of Motion Oscillations The Classical Mechanics of the Special Theory of Relativity The Hamilton Equations of Motion Canonical Transformations Hamilton Jacobi Theory and Action-Angle Variables Classical Chaos Canonical Perturbation Theory Introduction to the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formulations for Continuous Systems and Fields Appendix A Euler Angles in Alternate Conventions and Cayley Klein Parameters Appendix B Groups and Algebras Appendix C Solutions to Select Exercises Selected Bibliography Author Index Subject Index

* Herbert Goldstein* (June 26, 1922 – January 12, 2005) was an American physicist and the author of the standard graduate textbook

**Classical Mechanics.**Goldstein, long recognized for his scholarship in classical mechanics and reactor shielding, was the author of the graduate textbook, Classical Mechanics. The book has been a standard text since it first appeared 50 years ago and has been translated into nine languages. He received a B.S. from City College of New York in 1940 and a Ph.D. from * Massachusetts Institute of Technology* in 1943. From 1942 to 1946, Goldstein was a staff member of the wartime Radiation Laboratory at M.I.T., where he engaged in research on the theory of waveguides and magnetrons and on the characteristics of radar echoes. He was an instructor in the Physics Department at

*from 1946 to 1949. In 1949–50 he was an AEC postdoctoral Fellow at M.I.T., and served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Physics at Brandeis University, 1952–53. From 1950, Goldstein was a Senior Physicist at Nuclear Development Corporation of America, where he directed theoretical research on the shielding of nuclear reactors and on neutron cross sections of interest for reactor design. Goldstein won the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in 1962 for his “contributions to reactor physics and to nuclear cross sections, and for his leadership in establishing a rational scientific basis for nuclear shield design”.*

**Harvard University**Goldstein was a professor of nuclear science and engineering at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science since 1961. He received the Great Teacher Award, given by the Society of Columbia Graduates, in 1976. In 1977, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the shielding division of the American Nuclear Society. From 1961 Goldstein was a professor of nuclear science and engineering at Columbia University. In 1984, Goldstein was the first to hold the Thomas Alva Edison Professorship at the University. At the time of his death he was professor emeritus. He was a founding member and served as president of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists. He was buried in Israel. He was survived by his wife, Channa; his children, Penina, Aaron Meir and Shoshanna; and 10 grandchildren.

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