© 1999


From Newton’s Laws to Deterministic Chaos

  • Two new sections added Up-to-date again Excellent accompaniment to graduate lectures


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Florian A. Scheck
    Pages 1-76
  3. Florian A. Scheck
    Pages 77-165
  4. Florian A. Scheck
    Pages 167-217
  5. Florian A. Scheck
    Pages 219-262
  6. Florian A. Scheck
    Pages 263-334
  7. Florian A. Scheck
    Pages 335-397
  8. Florian A. Scheck
    Pages 399-416
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 417-529

About this book


This third edition closely follows the fifth German edition. In particular, it now contains an enlarged presentation of the "tippe top" and a new section on the use of Riemannian geometry in mechanics. As before, the book contains numerous problems with complete solutions, and some practical examples.This will be appreciated in particular by students using the text to accompnay lectures on mechanics. The main features of the book remain unchanged: the coverage extends from elementary Newtonian mechanics, Lagrangian as well as canonical Hamilton-Jacobian mechanics, the mechanics of rigid bodies, special relativity, and the geometric aspects of mechanics to the discussion of deterministic chaos and a short introduction to continuous systems. The book ends with some historical remarks on important pioneers in mechanics.


Hamiltonian Mechanik Newtonian mechanics Nichtlineare Dynamik chaos dynamics geometry mechanics nonlinear dynamics relativity rigid bodies solution special relativity stability theory of relativity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Physik, Theoretische ElementarteilchenphysikJohannes Gutenberg-UniversitätMainzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mechanics
  • Book Subtitle From Newton’s Laws to Deterministic Chaos
  • Authors Florian Scheck
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-65558-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-03748-5
  • Edition Number 3
  • Number of Pages XIV, 529
  • Number of Illustrations 44 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Originally published in German under the title: Mechanik
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From the reviews:

"¿ The author writes well and comprehensively ¿ Ideal for a physics student desirous of mastering the basic tools." Contemporary Physics

"Scheck has provided us with an assortment of problems¿In addition, he has added an innovation: ¿practical¿ exercises along with suggested methods of approach for a solution¿ I would not be surprised if it were to find wider use among faculty and advanced students seeking to update their picture of mechanics¿one might do considerably worse than to use it as an entrée into the literature of chaos." American Scientist