In The Theoretical Minimum, physicist Leonard Susskind and hacker-scientist George Hrabovsky offer a first course and associated math for the ardent amateur. Popular physics books give readers a taste of what physicists know, but shy away from teaching the skills required to do the work. By contrast, Susskind and Hrabovsky cover the minimum--the theoretical minimum of the title--that readers need to study more advanced topics. Beginning with classical mechanics, the work ends with discussions of electromagnetic fields and chaos theory. An alternative to the go-to-college method, The Theoretical Minimum offers a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.

- Cover
- Title Page
- Copyright
- Dedication
- Contents
- Preface
- Lecture 1: The Nature of Classical Physics
- Lecture 2: Motion
- Lecture 3: Dynamics
- Lecture 4: Systems of More Than One Particle
- Lecture 5: Energy
- Lecture 6: The Principle of Least Action
- Lecture 7: Symmetries and Conservation Laws
- Lecture 8: Hamiltonian Mechanics and Time-Translation Invariance
- Lecture 9: The Phase Space Fluid and the Gibbs-Liouville Theorem
- Lecture 10: Poisson Brackets, Angular Momentum, and Symmetries
- Lecture 11: Electric and Magnetic Forces
- Appendix 1: Central Forces and Planetary Orbits
- Index