Classical Mechanics (Goldstein book)

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Classical Mechanics is a textbook about the subject of that name written by Herbert Goldstein. Intended for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students, it has been one of the standard references in its subject around the world since its first publication in 1951.[1][2]

Before the death of its primary author in 2005, a new (third) edition of the book was released, with the collaboration of Charles P. Poole and John L. Safko.[3] In the third edition, the book discusses at length various mathematically sophisticated reformations of Newtonian mechanics, namely analytical mechanics, as applied to particles, rigid bodies and continua. In addition, it covers in some detail classical electromagnetism, special relativity, classical and relativistic field theory, chaos theory and fractal geometry. A brief discussion on general relativity is also included. There is an appendix on group theory.

Table of Contents (3rd Edition)[edit]


  1. Classical Mechanics (1st ed.). Addison-Wesley. 1951. p. 399. ASIN B000OL8LOM.
  2. Classical Mechanics (2nd ed.). Addison-Wesley. 1980. p. 672. ISBN 9780201029185.
  3. Goldstein, H.; Poole, C. P.; Safko, J. L. (2001). Classical Mechanics (3rd ed.). Addison-Wesley. p. 680. ISBN 9780201657029.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goldstein, Herbert; Twersky, Vic (September 1952). "Classical Mechanics". Physics Today. Bibcode:1952PhT.....5i..19G. doi:10.1063/1.3067728.
  2. ^ Tiersten, Martin (2003-01-10). "Errors in Goldstein's Classical Mechanics". American Journal of Physics. 71 (2): 103–103. Bibcode:2003AmJPh..71..103T. doi:10.1119/1.1533731. ISSN 0002-9505.
  3. ^ Goldstein, Herbert; Poole, Charles; Safko, John (2002-06-13). "Classical Mechanics, 3rd ed". American Journal of Physics. 70 (7): 782–783. Bibcode:2002AmJPh..70..782G. doi:10.1119/1.1484149. ISSN 0002-9505.