# 100 Best Classical Mechanics Books of All Time

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*Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words*, things are explained in the style of Up Goer Five, using only drawings and a vocabulary of the 1,000 (or "ten hundred") most common words. Explore computer buildings (datacenters), the flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates), the things you use to steer a plane (airliner cockpit controls), and the little bags of water you're made of (cells). less

Bill GatesThing Explainer is filled with cool basic knowledge about how the world works. If one of Munroe’s drawings inspires you to go learn more about a subject—including a few extra terms—then he will have done his job. He has written a wonderful guide for curious minds. (Source)

Kate Lee (St Paul's Girls' School)It’s about how to explain things using the simplest terms you possibly can, using only the top 1,000 words in the English language. It’s just ingenious. So many people will try and sound clever by using lots of fancy words, but this is exact opposite. It is being clever by using the most straightforward language you possibly can, without sacrificing accuracy. It’s beautifully drawn and... (Source)

**The legendary introduction to physics from the subject's greatest teacher**

"The whole thing was basically an experiment," Richard Feynman said late in his career, looking back on the origins of his lectures. The experiment turned out to be hugely successful, spawning a book that has remained a definitive introduction to physics for decades. Ranging from the most basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formidable theories as general relativity and quantum mechanics, Feynman's lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight. Now, we are reintroducing the... more

Bill GatesYou don't have to take a course [to learn physics]. If you're hardcore, read the Feynman book and do the problems. (Source)

David BainbridgeI think that he is one of the most intelligent people to live in the 20th century. Yet at the same time, surprisingly, he is an amazingly good teacher. This is quite an unusual combination. (Source)

**A master teacher presents the ultimate introduction to classical mechanics for people who are serious about learning physics**

**"Beautifully clear explanations of famously 'difficult' things," --**

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*Wall Street Journal*Best Book of 2013If you ever regretted not taking physics in college--or simply want to know how to think like a physicist--this is the book for you. In this bestselling introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and... more

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**Learning classical mechanics doesn't have to be hard**

*What if there was a way to learn classical mechanics without all the usual fluff? What if there were a book that allowed you to see the whole picture and not just tiny parts of it?*

Thoughts like this are the reason that No-Nonsense Classical Mechanics now exists.

**What will you learn from this book?**

Get to know all fundamental mechanics concepts - Grasp why we can describe classical mechanics using the Lagrangian formalism, the Newtonian formalism, or the Hamiltonian... more

Bill GatesYou don't have to take a course [to learn physics]. If you're hardcore, read the Feynman book and do the problems. (Source)

Jacqui PrettyFor non-business, a nonfiction one would be Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield, which is about taking a professional approach to your art - ensuring you sit down every day and do the work, rather than treating it like a hobby. (Source)

**From the bestselling author of**

*The Theoretical Minimum*, a DIY introduction to the math and science of quantum mechanics.First he taught you classical mechanics. Now, physicist Leonard Susskind has teamed up with data engineer Art Friedman to present the theory and associated mathematics of the strange world of quantum mechanics.

In this follow-up to the New York Times best-selling

*The Theoretical Minimum*, Susskind and Friedman provide a lively introduction to this famously difficult field, which attempts to understand the behavior of sub-atomic... more

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**A funny, insightful, and self-contained guide to Einstein's relativity theory and classical field theories--including electromagnetism**

Physicist Leonard Susskind and data engineer Art Friedman are back. This time, they introduce readers to Einstein's special relativity and Maxwell's classical field theory. Using their typical brand of real math, enlightening drawings, and humor, Susskind and Friedman walk us through the complexities of waves, forces, and particles by exploring special relativity and electromagnetism. It's a must-read for both devotees of the series and any... more

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The final sections on adiabatic invariants have been revised and augmented. In addition a short biography of L D Landau has been inserted.

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"An excellent text ... The postulates of quantum mechanics and the mathematical underpinnings are discussed in a clear, succinct manner." (American Scientist)

"No matter how gently one introduces students to the concept of Dirac's bras and kets, many are turned off. Shankar attacks the problem head-on in the first chapter, and in a very informal style suggests that there is nothing to be frightened of." (Physics Bulletin)

Reviews of the Second Edition:

"This massive text of 700 and odd pages has indeed an excellent... more

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Chapters 1 and 2 are devoted to the mathematics of classical physics.... more

**Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners**

Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this book explores the basics of flight – from birds, to planes and rockets – and ties it all to baby’s world. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

With tongue firmly in cheek, the Baby Loves Science series introduces highly intellectual science concepts to the littlest learners. less

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•“Sample examples” are given for subject understanding before the text.

•Each topic includes the “introductory exercise” to test the ability.

•“Extra Points” are given to follow the points in brief.

•2 leveled solved examples are given at the end of chapter

•Consist 2 leveled exercise level 1 for AIEEE and level 2 for IIT JEE, including subjective Questions, Single Correct Option, Assertion & Reason, Match the Column including Reasoning, Aptitude &... more

Beginning with the simplest of machines — the lever — the text proceeds to discussions of the block and tackle (pulleys and hoists), wheel and axle, the inclined plane and the wedge, the screw, and different types of gears (simple, spur, bevel, herringbone, spiral, worm,... more

*The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Machines and Mechanisms*, showcases small projects to build with LEGO Technic gears, motors, gadgets, and other moving elements. You'll find hundreds of clever, buildable mechanisms, each one demonstrating a key building technique or mechanical principle.

You'll learn to build sliding doors, grasping claws, rack-and-pinion mechanisms, and ball-shooting devices of every sort!

Each model includes a list of required parts and colorful photographs that guide you through the build without the need for step-by-step... more

*The LEGO Power Functions Idea Book, Cars and Contraptions*, showcases small projects to build with LEGO Technic gears, motors, gadgets, and other moving elements. You'll find hundreds of clever, buildable mechanisms, each one demonstrating a key building technique or mechanical principle.

You'll learn to build four-wheel drive cars, adorable walking 'bots, steerable tanks, robotic inchworms, and cars that can follow the edge of a table!

Each model includes a list of required parts and colorful photographs that guide you through the build... more

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**Discovering the secrets of animal movement and what they can teach us**

Insects walk on water, snakes slither, and fish swim. Animals move with astounding grace, speed, and versatility: how do they do it, and what can we learn from them? In

*How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls*, David Hu takes readers on an accessible, wondrous journey into the world of animal motion. From basement labs at MIT to the rain forests of Panama, Hu shows how animals have adapted and evolved to traverse their environments, taking advantage of physical laws with results that are startling... more

*Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica*, known familiarly as the

*Principia*, Isaac Newton laid out in mathematical terms the principles of time, force, and motion that have guided the development of modern physical science. Even after more than three centuries and the revolutions of Einsteinian relativity and quantum mechanics, Newtonian physics continues to account for many of the phenomena of the observed world, and Newtonian celestial dynamics is used to determine the orbits of our space vehicles.

This completely new translation, the first... more

The book begins at the simplest level, develops the basics, and... more

*Idiot's Guides: Quantum Physics*makes this very complex topic easy to understand. It skips the complicated math and dives right into all the concepts, paradoxes, thought experiments, and implications that make quantum mechacs so fascinating to armchair science buffs. Topics covered include:

- Quantum vs. classical physics

- A look at the smallest known particles

- How the tiniest particles behave both as particles and waves

- The famous... more

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The second is quantum mechanics. This theory describes the properties and behaviour of matter and radiation at their smallest scales. It is the basis... more

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N"onlinear Finite Elements for Continua and Structures, Second Edition" focuses on... more

over 100 fully-solved examples step-by-step solutions with explanations standard problems from physics with calculus includes tables of equations, symbols, and units This volume covers motion, including uniform acceleration, calculus-based motion, vector addition, projectile motion, Newton’s laws, center of mass integrals, conservation of energy, collisions, the scalar and vector product, rotation, moment of inertia integrals, satellites, and more. (Vol. 2 covers electricity and magnetism, while Vol. 3 covers waves, fluids, heat, sound, and light. Vol.’s... more

**LEVEL**: This book covers physics with

**calculus**at the university level. (If instead you’re looking for a trig-based physics book, search for ISBN 1941691145.)

**DESCRIPTION**: This combination of physics study guide and workbook focuses on

**essential**problem-solving skills and strategies:

**Fully solved examples**with explanations show you step-by-step how to solve standard university physics problems. Handy charts tabulate the symbols, what they mean, and their SI units. Problem-solving strategies are broken down into steps and illustrated... more

From the author of "Great Formulas Explained", "Antimatter Propulsion" and... more

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*Physics for Scientists and Engineers*offers a completely integrated text and media solution that will help students learn most effectively and will enable professors to customize their classrooms so that they teach most efficiently. The text includes a new strategic problem-solving approach, an integrated Math Tutorial, and new tools to improve conceptual understanding.

To simplify the review and use of the text,

*Physics for Scientists and Engineers*is available in these versions:

**Volume 1**

*Mechanics/Oscillations and...*more

After careful analysis of objectives and the problems involved, preliminary versions of textbooks were prepared, tested through classroom use at M.I.T. and other institutions, re-evaluated, rewritten, and tried again. Only then were the final manuscripts undertaken. less

*Principia*." Now you too can appreciate the significance of this stellar work, regarded by many as the greatest scientific contribution of all time. Despite its dazzling reputation, Isaac Newton's

*Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica*, or simply the

*Principia*, remains a mystery for many people. Few of even the most intellectually curious readers, including professional scientists and mathematicians, have actually looked in the

*Principia*or appreciate its... more

*Physics Today.*

This lucidly written text emphasizes optics and acoustics, with considerable emphasis placed on establishing a close connection between mathematical expressions and the associated physical ideas.

Beginning with an inductive derivation of the equation for transverse waves on a string, the student is led through successively more complex subjects as acoustic plane waves,... more

**The fast and easy way to ace your statics course**Does the study of statics stress you out? Does just the thought of mechanics make you rigid? Thanks to this book, you can find balance in the study of this often-intimidating subject and ace even the most challenging university-level courses.

*Statics For Dummies*gives you easy-to-follow, plain-English explanations for everything you need to grasp the study of statics. You'll get a thorough introduction to this foundational branch of engineering and easy-to-follow coverage of solving problems involving forces on bodies... more

*Analytical Mechanics*is the investigation of motion with the rigorous tools of mathematics. Rooted in the works of Lagrange, Euler, Poincare (to mention just a few), it is a very classical subject with fascinating developments and still rich of open problems. It addresses such fundamental questions as: Is the solar system stable? Is there a unifying 'economy' principle in mechanics? How can a point mass be described as a 'wave'? And has remarkable applications to many branches of physics (Astronomy, Statistical mechanics, Quantum Mechanics).

This book was written to fill a gap... more

"Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics" was a revolutionary book that caused a sea change in theoretical physics. Here, John von Neumann, one of the leading mathematicians of the twentieth century, shows that great insights in quantum physics can be obtained by exploring the mathematical structure of quantum mechanics. He begins by presenting the theory of Hermitean operators and Hilbert spaces. These provide the framework for transformation theory, which von Neumann regards as the definitive form of quantum mechanics. Using this theory, he attacks with mathematical rigor some... more

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"Introducing Newton" explains the extraordinary ideas of a man who sifted through the accumulated knowledge of centuries, tossed out mistaken beliefs, and single-handedly made enormous advances in mathematics, mechanics and optics. By the age of 25, entirely self-taught, he had sketched out a system of the world. Einstein's theories are unthinkable without Newton's founding system. He was also a secret heretic, a mystic and an alchemist, the man of whom Edmond Halley said, 'Nearer to the gods may no man approach!'.

less**A thorough explanation of the tenets of biomechanics**At once a basic and applied science, biomechanics focuses on the mechanical cause-effect relationships that determine the motions of living organisms.

*Biomechanics for Dummies*examines the relationship between biological and mechanical worlds. It clarifies a vital topic for students of biomechanics who work in a variety of fields, including biological sciences, exercise and sports science, health sciences, ergonomics and human factors, and engineering and applied science. Following the path of a traditional introductory... more

**Million-copy bestselling author of**

*The Elements*,*Molecules*, and*Reactions*Theodore Gray applies his trademark mix of engaging stories, real-time experiments, and stunning photography to the inner workings of machines, big and small, revealing the extraordinary science, beauty, and rich history of everyday things.Theodore Gray has become a household name among fans, both young and old, of popular science and mechanics. He's an incorrigible tinkerer with a constant curiosity for how things work. Gray's readers love how he always brings the perfect... more

**Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery teaches readers how to analyze the motion of machines and mechanisms. Coverage of a broad range of machines and mechanisms with practical applications given top consideration.**

**Mechanisms and Machines. Motion in Machinery. Velocity Analysis of Mechanisms. Acceleration Analysis of Mechanisms. Cams. Spur Gears. Helical, Worm, and Bevel Gears. Drive Trains. Static-Force Analysis. Dynamic-Force Analysis. Synthesis. Introduction to Robotic Manipulators. less**

**KEY TOPICS:**Introduces Mathcad, using it in to do mathematical calculations, solve problems, make plots and graphs, and generally provide more in-depth coverage and a better understanding of physics. Pays special attention to such topics of modern interest as nonlinear oscillators, central force... more

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The text opens with Newton's laws of motion and systematically develops the dynamics of classical particles, with chapters on basic principles, rotating coordinate systems, lagrangian formalism, small oscillations, dynamics of rigid bodies, and hamiltonian... more

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*offers a modern curriculum for introductory physics (calculus-based). It presents physics the way practicing physicists view their discipline while integrating 20th Century physics and computational physics. The text emphasizes the small number of fundamental principles that underlie the behavior of matter, and models that can explain and predict a wide variety of physical phenomena.*

**Matter and Interactions, 4th Edition***Matter and Interactions, 4th Edition*will be available as a single volume hardcover text and also two paperback volumes. less

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**A Nobel-winning physicist argues that fundamental physical laws are found not in the world of atoms, but in the macroscopic world around us**

**In this age of superstring theories and Big Bang cosmology, we're used to thinking of the unknown as impossibly distant from our everyday lives. But in**

*A Different Universe*, Nobel Laureate Robert Laughlin argues that the scientific frontier is right under our fingers. Instead of looking for ultimate theories, Laughlin considers the world of emergent properties-meaning the properties, such as the hardness and shape of a... more

*Engineering Fluid Mechanics*builds on the success of previous editions to help engineers learn how to apply concepts by keeping them engaged and active throughout the book. Simple and effective examples show how key equations are utilized in practice, and step-by-step descriptions provide details into the processes that engineers follow. Each chapter also outlines the three most important things they will be able to accomplish once the concepts are learned. With its physical/visual... more

**Comprehensive Practice for the Mechanical PE Exam**

*Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam*contains over 850 problems designed to reinforce your knowledge of the topics presented in the

*Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual*. Over 300 new stand-alone, multiple-choice problems are designed to be solved in six-minute or less. These demonstrate the format of the NCEES Mechanical PE exam, and focus on individual engineering concepts. The remaining 550 problems are longer and more complex, challenging your skills in identifying and applying related... more

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