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The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics [Anglais] [Relié]

Leonard Susskind , George Hrabovsky
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1 septembre 2012
In this unconventional and stimulating primer, world-class physicist Leonard Susskind and citizen-scientist George Hrabovsky combine forces to provide a brilliant first course in modern physics. Unlike most popular physics books - which give readers a taste of what physicists know but not what they actually do - Susskind and Hrabovsky teach the skills you need to do physics yourself. Combining crystal-clear explanations of the laws of the universe with basic exercises, the authors cover the minimum - the theoretical minimum of the title - that readers need to master in order to study more advanced topics. In a lucid, engaging style, they introduce all the key concepts, from classical mechanics to general relativity to quantum theory. Instead of shying away from the equations and maths that are essential to any understanding of physics, The Theoretical Minimum provides a toolkit that you won't find in any other popular science book.
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What a wonderful and unique resource. For anyone who is determined to learn physics for real, looking beyond conventional popularizations, this is the ideal place to start. It gets directly to the important points, with nuggets of deep insight scattered along the way. I'm going to be recommending this book right and left (Sean Carroll, physicist and author of The Particle at the End of the Universe)

So what do you do if you enjoyed science at school or college but ended up with a different career and are still wondering what makes the universe tick? . . . The Theoretical Minimum is the book for you. In this neat little book the authors aim to provide the minimum amount of knowledge you need about classical physics . . . to gain some real understanding of the world . . . They do so with great success . . . Along the way you get beautifully clear explanations of famously 'difficult' things like differential and integral calculus, conservation laws and what physicists mean by symmetries (John Gribbin Wall Street Journal) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .

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Leonard Susskind has been the Felix Bloch Professor in Theoretical Physics at Stanford University since 1978. The author of The Black Hole War and The Cosmic Landscape, he lives in Palo Alto, California. He is widely considered to be one of the fathers of string theory.George Hrabovsky is the president of Madison Area Science and Technology (MAST), a nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific and technological research and education. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .

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  • Relié: 256 pages
  • Editeur : Basic Civitas Books (1 septembre 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 046502811X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465028115
  • Dimensions du produit: 21,1 x 14,7 x 2,5 cm
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Ce livre est une transcription du cours vidéo de Leonard Susskind portant sur la mécanique classique de la série "Theoretical Minimum" diffusée sur Itunes U et Youtube. "Theoretical Minimum" est un ensemble de cours du soir destiné aux personnes intéressées par la physique théorique qui ont déjà de bonnes connaissances en physique générale et en mathématique ou qui peuvent faire en sorte de les acquérir. Concernant le livre, la contribution de George Hrabovsky aura été d'éditer le texte, de rédiger préambules mathématiques, annexe et exercices.
En quoi consiste livre et quel est sont but ? Extrait d'une interview de Leonard Susskind dans the New Scientist:

"Over the years, I began to understand that there were a lot of people out there reading physics in popular literature that they could not understand--not because it was too advanced, but because it wasn't advanced enough. At the same time, they were not about to plough through a big fat textbook. I wanted to give them a book from which they could learn easily and efficiently. It's not for complete beginners; it represents the bare minimum you need to know to honestly and truly learn the subject and move on to the next step."

Le livre est sorti il y a quelques mois aux Etats-Unis ainsi qu'en Angleterre et les réactions des lecteurs sont loin d'être unanimes. Je voudrais essayer de clarifier certaines choses.
L'éditeur et un certain nombre de critiques ont présenté le livre comme un ouvrage d'introduction à la physique. Il est possible que l'éditeur ait fait cela pour ne pas faire fuir les acheteurs potentiels.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A wonderful presentation of Lagrangian mechanics 11 août 2014
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After the Newtonian mechanics, developed by Isaac Newton in the XVIIth century, which insisted on force, work, and the consequences of f=ma, in the XVIIIth century Lagrange, Poisson, Euler and a few others developed a more abstract version of classical mechanics based on the principle of least action. Susskind does a wonderful job of presenting it.

Strangely, the Lagrangian version of classical mechanics is more beautiful, and in some sense simpler - if more abstract - than the mechanics of force and work.

Lots of maths, but no more than needed, and quite accessible with a BS in maths level.

And it is a perfect preparation to the quantum mechanics of the XXth century.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Lots of errors 29 avril 2013
Par Alan Watson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I majored in humanities but I'm interested in math and science, and I find this book both challenging and rewarding. But as I worked through it I found a number of things that looked wrong. Eventually I Googled the book's web site and found an Errata file that I downloaded. It identified 58 errors, most of them in equations and many of them significant enough to thoroughly befuddle a careful reader who trusted the book as written. That's an appalling number of errors. Somebody at Basic Books ought to be looking for a new job. I recommend the book if you are interested and willing to read carefully, but if you can't wait for a second, corrected printing be sure to download the Errata before you dig in!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 REALLY up to date coverage of key topics in a thin volume 21 janvier 2013
Par Let's Compare Options - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This 220 page 6 x 8.5 little text is packed with valuable nuggets, and does NOT shy away from advanced math. This book is based on the popular Stanford, online and YouTube "adult ed" lectures and is targeted at scientists and "amateurs" who missed physics in undergrad but are still interested.

NOT a "popular" physics book with a bunch of fluffy, non substantial speculation about membranes, stings, fractals, superpositioned states and multiple universes! Has real, tough, solid content with a LOT of advanced formulas, including tensors and many partial derivatives. You CAN "get" these with supplemental study, but the pace of the 11 lectures included is fast enough to leave you behind very quickly if you're rusty in math.

I teach ordinary differential equations to non engineers at classpros dot com, including Psychologists interested in the latest progress in nonlinear dynamical systems as applied to neurons, behavior, etc. This book is a real GEM as an intro to those topics, without "dumbing down" the content for a "lay" audience.

If you love reading populist texts on quantum physics, etc. this wonderful book will take you all the way from classic upwards, with the requisite math, and will provide a great foundation for really getting what's going on in the more advanced areas. Unfortunately, the math will scare lots of folks off, but please, don't be one of them!

The 11 lectures included are: 1. Classical Physics, 2. Motion, 3. Dynamics, 4. Multiple Particle Systems, 5. Energy, 6. Least Action Principle, 7. Symmetries and Conservation, 8. Hamiltonian Mechanics, 9. Phase Space Fluid and Gibbs-Liouville, 10. Poisson Brackets, Angular Momentum, Symmetries, 11. Electric and Magnetic Forces.

There also is an appendix on Central Forces and Planetary Orbits and "math interludes" on Trig, Vectors, Integrals and PDE's. NOTE that only classical mechanics are covered here, HOWEVER circular motion and momentum are covered, and if you've seen the "Feynman" approach to QED (QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter), you know that even advanced Physics grad students were astonished that Richard was able to use "clock metaphors" and circular momentum to explain Quantum math and mechanics that normally take a grad student 3 years to master!

Nothing is covered in a LOT of depth, for example there's little on computational complexity, but the theory of information conservation is touched on briefly as the "most fundamental of all physical laws" -- the cyclic "memory" of where we start and end!

The REALLY COOL thing is that the authors don't talk down to us, they assume that just as "amateurs" can discover new stars in Astronomy, non-college types can also make great new contributions in Physics! No fooling, no tongue in cheek. Seems like a revolutionary view from Stanford types, but perhaps they've seen the future of distributed, non-brick and mortar education for real! At under 20 bucks this is a MUST HAVE even for HS students in my humble opinion. GREAT GIFT for a bright grandchild for their 18th birthday as well! This is such an original math refresher too, that I'm guessing a lot of folks will also use it to brush up on applied math. By page 60 we're already at differential equations-- so hang on to your saddle!

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Uniquely Valuable Resource 22 janvier 2013
Par Irfan A. Alvi - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Why didn't someone think of this before? The apparent target audience for this book is non-physicists who want to learn some *real* physics - which means learning the math too - starting from the basics and progressing up to a relatively high level.

The authors do clearly and systematically explain everything, pretty much step by step, but don't get overly optimistic. The climb starts easy and gentle enough, but becomes increasingly steeper and you'll be starting to feel the burn by the time you're a quarter to half way through the book. So come to the book with some prior comfort with higher mathematics, a willingness to exert yourself, and the discipline to pace yourself and be patient, taking breaks when needed.

If you meet all of these prerequisites, I predict that you'll be richly rewarded by undertaking this journey with this gem of a book as your tour guide. And regarding the journey, I should clarify that the scope of the book is limited to classical mechanics (Newtonian mechanics and its developments up to the 19th century), though the title doesn't convey that (the preface does). So you wont see any quantum mechanics or relativity here, and let's hope that the authors write additional books to cover those and other topics as well!

Last but not least, I suspect that a 'secret' additional audience for this book will be physics majors seeking a breezy overview to complement their regular (big and detailed) textbooks. :-)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book and the ones that will follow are important. Make them happen. 9 février 2013
Par Laurent Stern - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
The "Theorical Minimum" was the name of the exam that applicants had to pass in order to enter the theoretical physics department of the Kharkov Physicotechnical Institute headed by Lev Davidovich Landau. L. D. Landau, along with A.I. Kitaigorodskii, is also known to have written a serie of four great popular science books presenting general physics to young people, "Physics for everyone" (which happens to be the name of Leonard Susskind's blog too...). I'm wondering if "The Theoretical Minimum: what you need to know to start doing physics" couldn't be the first book of a follow-up to "Physics for everyone".

I've studied physics in university but I've stopped before starting working on a PhD. That was more than ten years ago and I needed to earn a living but I still loved science especially physics. One day I've discovered the Leonard Susskind's Theoretical Minimum courses on Youtube and Itunes and I was litterally astonished by them as they are exactly what I was looking for: not courses for advanced undergraduate students, not popular science presentations devoid of any technicity (theoretical physics without maths is an empty shell: theoretical physics is about creating mathematical models of the physical world) but courses for people like me who knew some maths and physics at one point of their life and that want to learn the concepts of theoretical physics. Each course is made of about ten lectures, each lectures lasting about two hours. Watching these is quite time consuming and time is sparse if you have a job and a family. Also the courses were sometimes a little sketchy or not quite well organized (especially the first run... the second run is a lot better). The material simply had to be reworked and layed out on paper. George Hrabovsky felt these were necessary too so he contacted Leonard Susskind and voila, we now have a book, the first of a whole serie, the one about classical mechanics.

I knew about some of the material in the book. In the quantum mechanics (QM) courses I followed I learned about least-action principle, Lagrangians, Hamiltonians (fundamental in QM) and Poisson brackets (their siblings, commutators, are also fundamental in QM). The problem is that these notions and their purpose didn't make sense to me. I wasn't told or I didn't have time to realize their conceptual power and that they could be used in classical mechanics: use of Lagrangian formalism to understand the double pendulum, use of Poisson brackets to determine the behavior of a charged rotor in a magnetic field. Also I wasn't told about Noether's theorem (relationship between symmetries and conserved quantities), Liouville's theorem (well perhaps in statistical mechanics... I'm not sure) or the importance of gauge fields (vector potential field is one) but that may be because I wasn't taught to be a theoricist. Here Leonard Susskind's a guide who shows us the elegance of all these concepts and prepares us to a voyage to quantum physics and field theories.The book shows the coherence of these concepts, it structures the reader's mind (if he makes the proper efforts by doing the exercises: doing exercises are necessary to learn and understand). George Hrabovsky brought us a great contribution by making the text more accessible (in the videos the student is assumed to know about calculus and general physics) and whipping out ambiguities. The book isn't entirely self-contained though (for example total differentials or Taylor series are used without these notions being introduced... just search "Taylor series" and "total derivative" in Wikipedia) but George will provide some support to the reader in his web site.

Theoretical Minimum - Classical Mechanics isn't another popular science book. It's a book that you'll have to work through a bit but it's a book that will structure your perception of our physical world. This book is the first of a serie that could become somehow the theoretical physics equivalent of Feynman's Lectures. You won't become a theorical physicist just by working through this book and the ones that will follow (have a look at a Quantum Field Theory textbook and you'll see). However if you are interested in physics (not only theoretical) the book will tell you about the concepts used in physics, how physicists manipulate them, how physicists do math and what makes physicists tick.

I really hope that this book will be translated in many languages.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 kindle formatting issues 26 mars 2013
Par Greg Price - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This looked interesting but I gave up because I found the equation fonts frustratingly tiny and faint on the Kindle edition. I'll buy a hard copy but it would be great if people creating Kindle editions thought more about formatting and layout issues for books like this.
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