What is Goldstein: Definition and 56 Discussions

Baruch Kopel Goldstein (Hebrew: ברוך קופל גולדשטיין‎; born Benjamin Goldstein; December 9, 1956 – February 25, 1994) was an American-Israeli mass murderer, religious extremist, and physician who perpetrated the 1994 Cave of the Patriarchs massacre in Hebron, killing 29 and wounding 125 Palestinian Muslim worshippers. He was beaten to death by survivors of the massacre.The Israeli government condemned the massacre, and responded by arresting followers of Meir Kahane, criminalizing the Kach movement and affiliated movements as terrorist, forbidding certain Israeli settlers to enter Palestinian towns, and demanding that those settlers turn in their army-issued rifles, although rejecting a Palestinian Liberation Organization demand that all settlers in the West Bank be disarmed and that an international force be created to protect Palestinians.Jewish Israelis were barred from entering major Arab communities in Hebron. The Israeli government also took extreme measures against Palestinians following the deadly riots after the massacre, expelling them from certain streets near Jewish settlements in Hebron, such as Al-Shuhada Street, where many Palestinians had homes and businesses, and allowing access exclusively to Jewish Israelis and foreign tourists.Goldstein's gravesite became a pilgrimage site for Jewish extremists. The following words are inscribed on the tomb: "He gave his life for the people of Israel, its Torah and land." In 1999, after the passing of Israeli legislation outlawing monuments to terrorists, the Israeli Army dismantled the shrine that had been built to Goldstein at the site of his interment. The tombstone and its epitaph, calling Goldstein a martyr with clean hands and a pure heart, was left untouched. After the flagstones around it were pried away under the eye of a military chaplain, the ground was covered with gravel.

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  1. jv07cs

    Why is Hamilton's Principle assumed to be valid for non-holonomic systems?

    I am using Nivaldo Lemos' "Analytical Mechanics" textbook and on section 2.4 (Hamilton's Principle in the Non-Holonomic Case) he uses Hamilton's Principle and Lagrange Multipliers to arrive at the Lagrange Equations for the non-holonomic case. I don't understand why it is assumed that the...
  2. Falgun

    Classical Are There Scientific Errors in Goldstein's Classical Mechanics?

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  3. K

    A Two equations of generalized forces

    Wikipedia article under generalized forces says Also we know that the generalized forces are defined as How can I derive the first equation from the second for a monogenic system ?
  4. K

    A Hamilton's principle and virtual work by constraint forces

    Found a question on another website, I have the exact same question. Please help me Goldstein says : I do not understand how (2.34) shows that the virtual work done by forces of constraint is zero. How does the fact that "the same Hamilton's principle holds for both holonomic and...
  5. K

    I Virtual displacement is not consistent with constraints

    Goldstein 3rd ed says "First consider holonomic constraints. When we derive Lagrange's equation from either Hamilton's or D'Alembert's principle, the holonomic constraint appear in the last step when the variations in the ##q_i## were considered independent of each other. However, the virtual...
  6. L

    I Help with Goldstein Classical Mechanics Exercise 1.7

    I'm trying to solve the Goldstein classical mechanics exercises 1.7. The problem is to prove: $$\frac{\partial \dot T}{\partial \dot q} - 2\frac{\partial T}{\partial q} = Q$$ Below is my progress, and I got stuck at one of the step. Now since we have langrange equation: $$\frac{d}{dt}...
  7. S

    Classical Supplement to Classical Mechanics by Goldstein

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  8. J

    Classical Classical Mechanics: Landau vs Goldstein Textbooks

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  9. H

    Generators of infinitesimal transforms from Goldstein (1965)

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  10. D

    Hamilton Jacobi equation for time dependent potential

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  11. Pushoam

    Why do we need the Lagrangian formulation of Mechanics?

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  12. Ben Geoffrey

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  13. U

    Classical Goldstein 3ed Classical mechanics solutions

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  14. B

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  15. R

    I Amplitudes of Fourier expansion of a vector as the generalized coordinates

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  16. R

    Studying Requirement for Goldstein level Classic mechanics

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  17. R

    Question from Velocity-Dependent Potential in lagrangian (Goldstein)

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  18. C

    I Goldstein Action-angle Variables

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  19. N

    Classical Book preparing me for Goldstein

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  20. avorobey

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  21. Fedor Indutny

    B Alternative Kinetic Energy Formulation and Goldstein's Problem 11

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  22. D

    Goldstein Derivation 1.6: Nonholonomic Constraints in Particle Motion

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  23. D

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  24. C

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  25. D

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  26. G

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  27. J

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  28. P

    Classical Mechanics Goldstein 2.16

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  29. Greg Bernhardt

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  30. M

    Is There a Mistake in Goldstein's Mechanics on Cos Theta Definition?

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  31. S

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  32. B

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  33. B

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  34. B

    Classical Perturbation Theory-Time Dep. vs. Time Indep (Goldstein).

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  35. D

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  36. L

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  37. D

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  38. Q

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  39. maverick_starstrider

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  40. I

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  41. G

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  42. C

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  43. B

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  44. W

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  45. W

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  46. G

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  47. Peeter

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  48. P

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  49. P

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  50. P

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