7R7. Advanced Dynamics. - RB Bhat (Concordia Univ, Montreal, Canada) and RV Dukkipati (Sch of Eng, Fairfield Univ, Fairfield CT 06430-5195). Narosa Publ, New Delhi, India. Distributed in USA by CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton FL. 2001. 395 pp. ISBN 0-8493-1018-0. $99.95.

Reviewed by M Pascal (Lab de Modelisation en Mec, Univ Pierre et Marie Curie, Tour 66, 4 Place Jussieu, Paris, 75252 Cedex 05, France).

The authors’ aim is to provide a textbook giving insight about the methods used in Analytical Mechanics and which are related to abstract concepts like generalized parameters, virtual displacements, and variational principles. In contrast with other textbooks, the authors did not assume that the basic knowledge of kinematics and dynamics is familiar to the reader; the transition to this abstract presentation of the fundamental laws of mechanics is performed very gradually. The result is a...

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