This book is the closest to a mathematical physical narrative as I have come across If you are familiar with Calculus you should have little trouble following the story from Newton s Second Law to the Lagrangian to the Hamiltonian forms of mechanics and then, after a succinct introduction to symmetries and their generators, on to Noether s Theorem This is a wonderful book. Jakob Schwichtenberg is brilliant at breaking down complex topics and explaining them step by step for the educated amateur and I would imagine also for anyone formally studying physics in college Despite several failed attempts over the years using several other highly regarded books and online sources, this book finally helped me to comprehend Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics I am not a practicing physicist or engineer and don t require a detailed facility with these principles However, I understand the basics and some advanced aspects If Mr Dr Schwichtenberg would publish a problem book with solutions for any and all of his texts I would buy it. I agree with the favorable remarks made by the six previous reviewers This is a useful book for anyone who is learning for the first time or who is going back to re acquaint themselves with what they used to know In contrast to most of the standard texts in this formal subject, the author has managed to convey his personality and philosophy of teaching with a sense of humor This is reinforced by his generous use of figures diagrams and by the wide margins that let his annotations and the reader s own scribbled notes be located just where they belong I admire the design and production of the book It lies open easily at the selected page The typography and the page layout generate a text with enough white space to let the reader relax and mull over the ideas being presented I m writing here about the paperback version of the book I m guessing that the Kindle version would not be as friendly As others have pointed out, Schwichtenberg s book lacks the problem sets needed to be the only text for a university course However, the price is so modest and the content is so enlightening that should be strongly recommended. This is an awesome book for self study in the introduction to classical mechanics that will supplement any physics textbook All no nonsense books are written in the fashion to get to the point and provide examples and questions that re enforce concepts explained No fluff here Fantastic learning series This is a very readable presentation of the foundations of classical mechanics It roughly covers the same material as The Theoretical Minimum What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics by Susskind and Hrabovsky, but in a much thorough manner In fact the author is so thorough that somewhere in chapter 7, one has the feeling that the author is approaching the material with all the grace of a drunken lumberjack chasing butterflies with a sledgehammer However, some people just need their butterflies smashed to smithereens This book will not teach you how to build bridges or calculate orbital satellite positions, but it does show how classical mechanics blends into statistical mechanics and quantum mechanics One important topic it leaves out is chaos, but that would take another whole book. Learning classical mechanics doesn t have to be hard What if there was a way to learn classical mechanics without all the usual fluff What if there were a book that allowed you to see the whole picture and not just tiny parts of it Thoughts like this are the reason that No Nonsense Classical Mechanics now exists.What will you learn from this book Get to know all fundamental mechanics concepts Grasp why we can describe classical mechanics using the Lagrangian formalism, the Newtonian formalism, or the Hamiltonian formalism and how these frameworks are connected.Learn to describe classical mechanics mathematically Understand the meaning and origin of the most important equations Newton s second law, the Euler Lagrange equation and Hamilton s equations.Master the most important classical mechanics systems Read fully annotated, step by step calculations and understand the general algorithm we use to describe them.Get an understanding you can be proud of Learn about beautiful and deep insights like Noether s theorem or Liouville s theorem and how classical mechanics emerges in a proper limit of special relativity, quantum mechanics and general relativity.No Nonsense Classical Mechanics is the most student friendly book on classical nechanics ever written.Here s why.First of all, it s is nothing like a formal university lecture Instead, it s like a casual conservation with aexperienced student This also means that nothing is assumed to be obvious or easy to see.Each chapter, each section, and each page focuses solely on the goal to help you understand Nothing is introduced without a thorough motivation and it is always clear where each equation comes from.The book contains no fluff since unnecessary content quickly leads to confusion Instead, it ruthlessly focuses on the fundamentals and makes sure you ll understand them in detail.The primary focus on the readers needs is also visible in dozens of small features that you won t find in any other textbookIn total, the book containsthan 100 illustrations that help you understand the most important concepts visually.In each chapter, you ll find fully annotated equations and calculations are done carefully step by step This makes it much easier to understand what s going on inWhenever a concept is used that was already introduced previously there is a short sidenote that reminds you where it was first introduced and often recites the main points.In addition, there are summaries at the beginning of each chapter that make sure you won t get lost.