Classical Mechanics (Kibble and Berkshire book)

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Classical Mechanics (5th ed.)
Classical Mechanics (Kibble and Berkshire book).jpg
Author Tom W. B. Kibble & Frank H. Berkshire
Country UK
Language English
Subject Physics
Genre Non-fiction; science text
Publisher Imperial College Press
Publication date
Pages 500
ISBN 978-1-86094-435-2 (pbk)

Classical Mechanics (5th ed.) is a well-established textbook written by Thomas Walter Bannerman Kibble, FRS, (born 1932) and Frank Berkshire of the Imperial College Mathematics Department. The book provides a thorough coverage of the fundamental principles and techniques of classical mechanics, a long-standing subject which is at the base of all of physics.

Publication history

The English language editions were published as follows:[1] The first edition was published by Kibble, as Kibble, T. W. B. Classical Mechanics. London: McGraw–Hill, 1966. 296 p.
The second ed., also just by Kibble, was in 1973 . The 4th, jointly with F H Berkshire, was is 1996 The 5th, jointly with F H Berkshire, in 2004

The book has been translated into several languages:

  • French, by Michel Le Ray and Françoise Guérin as Mécanique classique
  • Modern Greek, by Δ. Σαρδελής και Π. Δίτσας, επιμέλεια Γ. Ι. Παπαδόπουλος. Σαρδελής, Δ. Δίτσας, Π as 'Κλασσική μηχανική
  • German
  • Turkish, by Kemal Çolakoğlu as Klasik mekanik
  • Spanish, as Mecánica clásica
  • Portuguese as Mecanica classica


The various editions are held in 1789 libraries.[2] In comparison, the various (2011) editions of Herbert Goldstein's Classical Mechanics are held in 1772. libraries[3]

The fourth edition was reviewed by C. Isenberg in 1997 in the European Journal of Physics.[4] It was also reviewed in New Scientist and Contemporary Physics.[5]

Contents (5th edition)

See also


  1. ^ World Cat author listing
  2. ^ World Cat item record
  3. ^ WorldCat item record
  4. ^ Berkshire, F H; Isenberg, C (1997). "Classical Mechanics - fourth edition". European Journal of Physics. 18 (2): 129. doi:10.1088/0143-0807/18/2/017.
  5. ^ Solomona, Allan I. (2012). "Classical Mechanics, 5th edn., by Tom W.B. Kibble and Frank H. Berkshire". Contemporary Physics. Book Reviews. 53 (6): 542–543. Bibcode:2012ConPh..53..542S. doi:10.1080/00107514.2012.739661.

External links

  • Official website doi:10.1142/p310
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