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Analytical Mechanics for Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

Oliver Johns


This book provides an innovative and mathematically sound treatment of the foundations of analytical mechanics and the relation of classical mechanics to relativity and quantum theory. A distinguishing feature of the book is its integration of special relativity into teaching of classical mechanics. After a thorough review of the traditional theory, the book introduces extended Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods that treat time as a transformable coordinate rather than the fixed parameter of Newtonian physics. Advanced topics such as covariant Langrangians and Hamiltonians, canonical transform ... More

Keywords: analytical mechanics, classical mechanics, special relativity, Hamiltonian theory, Lorenz transformation, relativistic mechanics, Dirac’s formalism, quantum mechanics, Newtonian physics, dyadics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198567264
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567264.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oliver Johns, author