Introduction and Overview

  • Jerrold E. Marsden
  • Tudor S. Ratiu
Part of the Texts in Applied Mathematics book series (TAM, volume 17)


Mechanics deals with the dynamics of particles, rigid bodies, continuous media (fluid, plasma, and elastic materials), and field theories such as electromagnetism and gravity. This theory plays a crucial role in quantum mechanics, control theory, and other areas of physics, engineering, and even chemistry and biology. Clearly, mechanics is a large subject that plays a fundamental role in science. Mechanics also played a key part in the development of mathematics. Starting with the creation of calculus stimulated by Newton’s mechanics, it continues today with exciting developments in group representations, geometry, and topology; these mathematical developments in turn are being applied to interesting problems in physics and engineering.


Rigid Body Poisson Bracket Geometric Phasis Nonholonomic System Coadjoint Orbit 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerrold E. Marsden
    • 1
  • Tudor S. Ratiu
    • 2
  1. 1.California Institute of TechnologyControl and Dynamical Systems, 107-81PasadenaUSA
  2. 2.Département de mathématiquesEcole polytechnique fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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