Top positive review
24 people found this helpful
Chosen by Cambridge University's Physics lecturer
on 20 September 2000
I teach 2nd year dynamics in Cambridge and I looked at several textbooks for my course. I chose Hand and Finch because, unlike so many books which simply present the same material as other textbooks in the same standard way, they have come up with a fresh perspective. The book came out of an interactive course at Cornell where the students and teachers participated in detailed discussion, and the excitement rubs off in the book. Lots of interesting examples pop up and the book is a fun read. The level is pretty advanced, going up to graduate standard. The only topic that I think is poorly presented is fictitious forces in rotating frames - this is done in a thorough and correct manner which I find clumsy and probably inaccessible to students. Definitely my favourite dynamics book.