The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics

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The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics

Format:  Hardcover,

238 pages

Publisher: Perseus Books Group

Publish Date: Jan 2013

ISBN-13: 9780465028115

ISBN-10: 046502811X

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A world-class physicist and a citizen scientist combine forces to teach Physics 101--the DIY way
"The Theoretical Minimum" is a book for anyone who has ever regretted not taking physics in college--or who simply wants to know how to think like a physicist. In this unconventional introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Unlike most popular physics books--which give readers a taste of what physicists know but shy away from equations or math--Susskind and Hrabovsky actually teach the skills you need to do physics, beginning with classical mechanics, yourself. Based on Susskind's enormously popular Stanford University-based (and YouTube-featured) continuing-education course, the authors cover the minimum--the theoretical minimum of the title--that readers need to master to study more advanced topics.
An alternative to the conventional go-to-college method, "The Theoretical Minimum" provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.

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Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: Jan 2013
ISBN-13: 9780465028115
ISBN-10: 046502811X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 238
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.82
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.0

About the author

Biography of Susskind, Leonard

Leonard Susskind is the Felix Bloch Professor in theoretical physics at Stanford University. He is the author of The Cosmic Landscape, The Black Hole War, and The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics. Susskind is a member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of numerous prizes including the science writing prize of the American Institute of Physics for his Scientific American article on black holes.

Chapter outline

Prefacep. ix
The Nature of Classical Physicsp. 1
Spaces, Trigonometiy, and Vectorsp. 15
Motionp. 39
Integral Calculusp. 47
Dynamicsp. 58
Partial Differentiationp. 74
Systems of More Than One Particlep. 85
Energyp. 95
The Principle of Least Actionp. 105
Symmetries and Conservation Lawsp. 128
Hamiltonian Mechanics and Time-Translation Invariancep. 145
The Phase Space Fluid and the Gibbs-Liouville Theoremp. 162
Poisson Brackets, Angular Momentum, and Symmetriesp. 174
Electric and Magnetic Forcesp. 190
Appendix 1 Central Forces and Planetary Orbitsp. 212
Indexp. 229

Book description

A world-class physicist and a citizen scientist combine forces to teach Physics 101—the DIY way

The Theoretical Minimum is a book for anyone who has ever regretted not taking physics in college—or who simply wants to know how to think like a physicist. In this unconventional introduction, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course in physics and associated math for the ardent amateur. Unlike most popular physics books—which give readers a taste of what physicists know but shy away from equations or math—Susskind and Hrabovsky actually teach the skills you need to do physics, beginning with classical mechanics, yourself. Based on Susskind’s enormously popular Stanford University-based (and YouTube-featured) continuing-education course, the authors cover the minimum—the theoretical minimum of the title—that readers need to master to study more advanced topics.

An alternative to the conventional go-to-college method, The Theoretical Minimum provides a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.

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