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Classical Mechanics

In our ongoing poll on people's areas of interest, the subject of Classical Mechanics has consistently come in first. If you are interested in the subject, try to make it to this meeting, where we will discuss the possibility of forming an on-going study group.

Since it's been a while since we've had a general meet-up, and quite a few people have joined the group recently, please feel totally free to attend, meet some other members, and socialize -- even if CM is not your particular area of interest.

NOTE: To find us, look for a card like the one at the bottom of this page.


Once again I'm trying to clear out my bookshelf. The following will be up for grabs tonight:

  • Quantum Reality - Herbert
  • On the Sensations of Tone - Helmholtz
  • The Quark and the Jaguar - Gell-Mann
  • The Seven Mysteries of Life - Murchie
  • The Fractal Geometry of Nature - Mandelbrot
  • The Science of Fractal Images - Peitgen and Saupe

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  • Douglas M.

    I am interested in celestial mechanics, and wondered if others are interested in that aspect of CM. I am a lawyer with math/physics background and have taught undergraduate college and Saturday Academy courses on astronomy and celestial mechanics. My book on this subject, called Newton's Gravity, was just released (Springer, 2012). So . . . it is definitely a passion of mine, and I like excuses to talk about it! For what it's worth, I think it would be great to have a group or study group that is engaged in these topics!

    March 25, 2013

    • Tim

      We were thinking about organized study of classical mechanics, and having another person express an interest in it should increase our motivation to do so. It would be interesting to know more about your book. I am interested in computational physics, so the use of appropriate software could enhance the study of the subject.

      March 25, 2013

    • Douglas M.

      Hi Tim -- The book is titled Newton's Gravity: An Introductory Guide to the Mechanics of the Universe. It is based on some courses I’ve taught at Saturday Academy and at Portland State University, where I am an adjunct prof in the Physics department.

      It is a kind of beginners guide to celestial mechanics geared to amateur astronomers and curious students who have always wanted to know at least the fundamentals of celestial motion. The math is quite simple and has a good deal of historical context. You can see Springer’s brief write-up of it here: http://www.springer.c...­.
      I wrote it as the book I wished I had in my earlier years of astronomy.

      March 25, 2013

  • Tim

    All members of the group had previous exposure to the subject, were interested in it, and made comments about it. We discussed possible directions that future discussion of the subject might take, and two books on theoretical physics were recommended for self-study.

    March 6, 2013

  • Tina G.

    So sorry to bail late. Have to attend to another commitment tonight. Hope everyone has a great time. See you next time, I hope.

    March 6, 2013

  • Tim

    I have something prepared.

    March 3, 2013

  • Terry H.

    Depending on final location and time. Most weekdays ok, M,W,T evenings. As close to the west side the better for me (Beaverton).

    1 · February 14, 2013

    • GabrielF

      I too am a West-sider.

      February 14, 2013

    • Mike W.

      Hi Jeanne. We owe the west-siders a meeting (or more :-), but we need somebody out that way to find a good place to meet. Maybe you can help.

      March 2, 2013

  • Mike W.

    I haven't head anything from the west-siders, so unless somebody suggests a west-side location soon, we'll be meeting on the east side. Barring any further feedback, I'm going to go ahead and schedule this. I guess the meetup interface isn't the best for polling people on their time and place preferences. Perhaps next time we ought to try something like

    March 1, 2013

  • Mike W.

    OK, it looks like we've got all the people we're going to get. I propose that we first get together in a "social" setting, like a restaurant or pub. Prefereably one where the noise level is low so that we can talk comfortably. Then we can discuss people's goals and interests to see whether it make sense to start an ongoing study group.

    Since we normally meet on the east side, I think it's only fair this time to give the west-siders a chance. Can one of you recommend a suitable place on the west?

    February 23, 2013

  • Steven N.

    Hoping to become a certified Classical Mechanic! :-)

    February 14, 2013

  • Perry W.

    Interested in understanding and simulating tensegrity structures via "rods and springs".

    February 14, 2013

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