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Feb1809, 04:12 PM

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I can't seem to find a good book on motion. I know it's a broad subject, but I'm interested in Newtonian mechanics, full trajectories (with lift, drag, etc.), and basically anything that's not quantum mechanics or special relativity. I'm more concerned with principles that are applicable to everyday motion that I see (golf balls, car crashes, etc.).
Any good recommendations? Would Newton's Principia be a good starter? I have taken physics two years so far in school, so I have a decent background. Any help? PS  Is Euclid's Elements of Geometry worth reading? I know it's not related, but it seems interesting. Any thoughts? 



#2
Feb1909, 11:11 AM

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No, Newton's Principia is not suitable. I suggest Feynman Vol I if you've taken calculus.




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#4
Feb1909, 01:49 PM

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Can anyone recommend or advise against a book?
Oh my. Not many people read Principia (especially not RussellWhitehead but Newton!!). I never read it because no one else seems to read it.
I don't think I am qualified to recommend a good book in physics (others can) but I can comment on Euclid's book. Elements  yes there are some people who read it today but I think that is bound to be something very inefficient and rare. If you want a good grip on Euclidean Geometry, I suggest reading this list here. http://www.amazon.com/Euclideangeom...lm_f_5_rlrsrs0 I found this helpful. The books I particularly want to recommend are one by Kiselev, Coxeter's "Geometry Revisited", and if you want to go further Coexeter's "Introduction to Geometry." If you have good grip of high school mathematics I would just start with "Geometry Revisited" right away. 



#5
Feb1909, 04:33 PM

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Newton was kind of an arrogant prick, in the sense that he wrote his book in such a way that only good mathematicians would be able to read it. It was definitely not aimed to explain the concept of motion it to the "layman".




#6
Feb2009, 08:34 PM

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Regarding Elements, I would recommend staying away from it, its not meant to be a textbook. It doesn't explain things at all, it just assumes you understand proofs and dives right in. Furthermore, most translations make the math much harder to learn, eg:




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