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Good book on particle dynamics

  1. Jul 26, 2014 #1
    I am a B.Sc. 2nd year student of Maths (Honours-equivalent to an US Maths Major), Physics and Computer Science(Probably equivalent to US Physics minor and CS minor) in a college in India. I hope to become a specialist in Mathematical Physics later on. Since my background knowledge of core physics isn't much and my college curriculum is more suitable for training pure mathematicians(topologists, algebraists etc.), it is not possible for me to learn much physics from my college curriculum. Can anybody please suggest me a good book on particle dynamics, particularly one where there are the flavours of both mathematical rigour as well as physical explanation?
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  3. Jul 26, 2014 #2


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    [strike]Do you want a western book? The Marion & Heald one looks really good, but I think it'll be too expensive for you, so try Griffiths instead.[/strike]

    Sorry, I misunderstood the question.
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  4. Jul 26, 2014 #3


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    Griffiths isn't a book on mechanics.

    @OP: I would suggest getting Arnold: https://www.amazon.com/Mathematical-Classical-Mechanics-Graduate-Mathematics/dp/0387968903

    It does exactly what it's title describes. It presents the mathematical structure of classical mechanics in a rigorous fashion. You won't learn much physics from it as far as actual physics goes but you certainly will learn about the relation between the physics of classical mechanics and the mathematical structures it uses. You honestly won't find a better book on the abstraction of classical mechanics that develops the subject using rigorous mathematics. Arnold's book is deservedly of legendary status.
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