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A Coloring Book for Young Physicists.

  1. Aug 4, 2009 #1
    Has anybody had the change to read, "Hamiltonian and Lagrangian Mechanics A Coloring Book for Young Physicists." by Jame Curry?


    It looks interesting, but there aren't many reviews on amazon yet.

    I'm looking for something a little easier than SICM or Goldstein. Do you guys have any other suggestions?
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  3. Aug 4, 2009 #2
    I'd rather like to know as well.


  4. Aug 4, 2009 #3
    I am going to buy this book, it looks promising. It seems to proved Classical Mechanics from a geometric viewpoint.

    This has been done before, but many times failed to be clear(Jose, Saletan) maybe this is better. I'll see.
  5. Aug 17, 2009 #4
    Well this book is a very particular one. It really depends on your style.
    There are 21 chapters 6 of which are a very basic mathematical introduction in linear algebra, functional analysis, manifolds and so on. I personally like it.
    However this book might not be what you expected if you are looking for a geometry oriented book. In fact it's geometrical character lies in that the author tries to explain things by using pictures and sometimes makes you imagine things. For example an exercise in the manifolds section makes you imagine a classroom and then connect it's walls to make a closed manifold in wich you apear from one side to the other. I think it's an interesting book but you should definitely see it personally before you buy it.
  6. Sep 21, 2009 #5
    I would also like to know if anybody has an extended opinion of this text. I have checked it out of the library, but don't want to waste my time if there is a better introductory text available. I am needing to teach myself Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics in preparation for QFT, and this book looked promising as an introduction, but I'm a little worried about it being too simplified. Also, I'm disappointed in the book's production, as I am almost positive the author used Microsoft Word to typeset the book. This makes for inconsistent notation and a very high school teacher-like reading experience so far.
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