© 1983

The Elements of Mechanics


Part of the Theoretical and Mathematical Physics book series (TMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Giovanni Gallavotti
    Pages 1-9
  3. Giovanni Gallavotti
    Pages 10-140
  4. Giovanni Gallavotti
    Pages 245-362
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 521-575

About this book


The word "elements" in the title of this book does not convey the implica­ tion that its contents are "elementary" in the sense of "easy": it mainly means that no prerequisites are required, with the exception of some basic background in classical physics and calculus. It also signifies "devoted to the foundations". In fact, the arguments chosen are all very classical, and the formal or technical developments of this century are absent, as well as a detailed treatment of such problems as the theory of the planetary motions and other very concrete mechanical problems. This second meaning, however, is the result of the necessity of finishing this work in a reasonable amount of time rather than an a priori choice. Therefore a detailed review of the "few" results of ergodic theory, of the "many" results of statistical mechanics, of the classical theory of fields (elasticity and waves), and of quantum mechanics are also totally absent; they could constitute the subject of two additional volumes on mechanics. This book grew out of several courses on meccanica razionaie, i.e., essentially, theoretical mechanics, which I gave at the University of Rome during the years 1975-1978.


Mechanik degrees of freedom differential equation eigenvalue elasticity ergodic theory mechanics quantum mechanics solution stability statistical mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Istituto di MatematicaUniversita degli Studi di RomaRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Elements of Mechanics
  • Authors Giovanni Gallavotti
  • Series Title Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-11753-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-00733-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-00731-0
  • Series ISSN 1864-5879
  • Series E-ISSN 1864-5887
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 575
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Classical Mechanics
    Mathematical Methods in Physics
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Energy, Utilities & Environment