“Mechanics: From Newton’s Laws to Deterministic Chao” 6th edition (PDF) by Florian Scheck covers all topics in mechanics from elementary Newtonian mechanics, rigid body mechanics, the principles of canonical mechanics to nonlinear dynamics and relativistic mechanics. It was among the first etextbooks to include dynamical systems and deterministic chaos in due detail. As compared to the previous editions the present 6th edition is revised and updated with additional examples ,more explanations, and problems with solutions, together with new sections on applications in science.
Symmetries and invariance principles, the basic geometric aspects of mechanics as well as elements of continuum mechanics also play an important role. The book will enable the reader to develop general principles from which equations of motion follow, to understand the importance of canonical mechanics and of symmetries as a basis for quantum mechanics, and to get practice in using general theoretical concepts and tools that are essential for all branches of physics.
This etextbook contains more than 150 problems with complete solutions, as well as some practical examples which make moderate use of computers. This will be appreciated in particular by college students using this book to accompany lectures on mechanics. The book ends with some historical notes on scientists who made important contributions to the development of mechanics.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Florian A. Scheck, professor emeritus at the University of Mainz, Germany. Born in 1936,got a diploma degree in 1962 , Ph.D. (Dr. rer.nat) 1964, both at U. Freiburg, Germany. Habilitation at U. Heidelberg 1968. Guest scientist at the Weizmann Instituteof Science, Rehovoth, (1964 – 1966), research assistant U. Heidelberg, (1966 – 1968), research fellow at CERN, Geneva, (1968 – 1970), head of theory groupSIN/PSI, lecturer and titular professor at ETH Zurich (1970 – 1976). Professor of theoretical Physics U. Mainz (1976 – 2005). Numerous visits as guest professor or guest scientist, Helsinki, Montpellier, Marseille, San José (Costa Rica), Bogota (Columbia).