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on 22 August 2001
Having just completed my physics degree, I bought this book to provide a concise summary of the key ideas. Although it does not have chapters on topics such as nuclear, particle or optics for example, and it is not particularly complete, and somewhat basic in parts, it does give compact summaries of mechanics, E and M, Statistical, Quantum, Relativity and QFT. It should be noted that the E and M chapter uses Gaussian units and the Quantum chapter is the Feynman formulation (needed for QFT) which personally I found dissapointing. Despite not really being suitable for those covering the work for the first time, the Mechanics chapter does cover Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics rather well - better than the rather thick and heavy going dedicated books, and so worth buying for that part alone. Variational Calculus is covered in the first chapter which, like the rest of the book, is straight to the point. Overall this is a good book, and whatever you may have been hoping for, it is certainly good value for money in paperback.
on 29 October 2004
I'm not a physicist; I write rendering and simulation programs for video games. My main interest in this book is that it does an excellent job of presenting all the concepts of maths and mechanics I always wanted but could never quite find in one place. Very clear and to the point. Like the author says, it's not enough on it's own, but does provide very valuable summaries that can then be fleshed out with more detailed information from other books (such as those listed as additional reading at the end), websites etc.