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Nature volume 127, page 370 (07 March 1931) | Download Citation



THE book before us is intended as “an introductory text-book on mechanics for students of engineering and physics”. It fulfils the first of these functions perfectly, in so far as it includes a great number of problems and worked examples chosen from topics of special interest to engineers. Physicists, however, are not so well catered for, and unfortunately some of the fundamental principles are not given in a form sufficiently general for the purposes of modern physics. Thus, Newton's Second Law is stated only for invariable masses, and the Third Law only for central forces, no provision being made for extensions to relativity problems and to electromagnetic systems.

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