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Classical Is Kleppner/Kolenkow's second edition worth buying?

  1. Dec 21, 2015 #1
    I have access to a copy of the first edition and would like to use this book to strengthen what I've learnt in my first physics course in Engineering school. I know there is a second edition though, and I was wondering if the difference between the two is large enough to justify just buying that one instead.

    Thank you.
     
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  3. Dec 22, 2015 #2

    micromass

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    Yes, there is a large difference between the two editions. The first one is vastly superior.
     
  4. Dec 22, 2015 #3
    Well, I wasn't expecting that. Why is the first one better? All I've noticed is that the second one seems to have more exercises.
     
  5. Dec 23, 2015 #4
    Not sure for Kleppner and Kolenkow, but usually earlier editions of Math books and Physics books are superior. For example, Thomas Calculus with Analytical Geometry, is now in its 13? ed. The first 3 editions are superior to the stuff that is out now. Halliday and Resnick : Physics, has also suffered the same fate. Geometry by Jacobs also comes to mind.
     
  6. Dec 23, 2015 #5

    bcrowell

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    I originally owned the 1st edition, then lost it and replaced it with the 2nd. There's almost no difference that I could detect.
     
  7. Dec 23, 2015 #6

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  8. Dec 23, 2015 #7

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  9. Dec 23, 2015 #8
    I haven't learnt absolutely anything about relativity yet, and I'm don't know what that convention you're talking about is. Would you say I shouldn't learn relativity from this book? Even then, are the other parts good enough on the first edition, or should I buy the new one?
     
  10. Dec 23, 2015 #9

    bcrowell

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    Definitely do not learn relativity from a book as antiquated as K&K.
     
  11. Dec 24, 2015 #10

    Student100

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    The section on relativity is better in the second edition (still not very good). They also moved/omitted some vector calculus/math topics around from chapter 5, I believe it was. Overall still the same great book. BC's review is very well written.

    I would buy whichever you can find cheaper, the delta between the two editions is small.
     
  12. Dec 28, 2015 #11

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