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Classical mechanics book

  1. Jan 15, 2009 #1
    I'll take classical mechanics next semester and I want a book for this course. I choose two books but, unfortunately, I can buy only one, Kibble or Goldstein. I know Goldstein is going to be better but Kibble's book is much cheaper (17 pounds @ amazon.co.uk). Does Goldstein worth it? Could you suggest some other books?
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  3. Jan 15, 2009 #2
    I am not familiar with the book by Kibble, but I do know the book by Goldstein. I studied from the Goldstein text many years ago and I found it to be an excellent resource, something I still consider as one of my fundamental references today. I recommend it. It is very hard to beat in my opinion.
  4. Jan 19, 2009 #3
    Kibble is undergraduate Text, Goldstein - gradute.
    If you feel adequately prepared go with Goldstein, otherwise buy Kibble. It is great to review Undergrad Classical Mechanics. Plus it as lots of very interesting problems.
  5. Apr 7, 2009 #4
    Goldstein is an advanced-undergraduate book, not a graduate one. We've used Goldstein in our Analytical Mechanics course , in the 2nd year undergrad.
    In my opinion, Goldstein is one of the best (if not THE best) books on the subject.
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