A treatise on the analytical dynamics of particles and rigid bodies : with an introduction to the problem of three bodies [E-Book] / by E.T. Whittaker ; with a foreword by Sir William McCrea.
Whittaker, E. T., (author)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1988
1 online resource (xvii, 456 pages)
Cambridge mathematical library
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This classic book is a encylopaedic and comprehensive account of the classical theory of analytical dynamics. The treatment is rigorous yet readable, starting from first principles with kinematics before moving to equations of motion and specific and explicit methods for solving them, with chapters devoted to particle dyanmics, rigid bodies, vibration, and dissipative systems. Hamilton's principle is introduced and then applied to dynamical systems, including three-body systems and celestial mechanics. Very many examples and exercisies are supplied throughout.