I’ve mentioned before Leonard Susskind’s lectures on physics, Modern Physics: The Theoretical Minimum, which are an excellent set of video lectures with the stated goal of getting the student to an understanding of modern theoretical physics fast. Here’s the link to the lectures of the first section on Classical Mechanics.
What I found out today is that the Classical Mechanics lectures are being adapted into book form with George Hrabovsky and that the book has been finished with a publication date of January 2012. Here’s an outline of the contents. Somebody else wrote up a set of decent notes for the same course as well, found here.
I had watched Susskind’s Classical Mechanics while still an engineering undergrad and it was my first exposure to things like the Lagrangian, Hamiltonian, Noether’s Theorem, etc. I really enjoyed them and have been suggesting to them to others since then and I look forward to reading the print version when it comes out. Hopefully the other courses (I count 14) will get adapted similarly and Susskind will join the likes of Feynman and Pauli in having his own set of Lectures on Physics for posterity.
I’d be remiss to not lay a good share of the spotlight on George Hrabovsky who I suspect is doing most of the heavy lifting in terms of transcription and writing. Assuming that more of the courses get written up, I wonder if history will refer to them simply as Susskind (like how the Feynman Lectures title ignores the contributions of Leighton and Sands) or as Susskind-Hrabovsky (like the Landau-Lifschitz series). Whatever.
EDIT: There’s a page up for the book here.
EDIT: My review of the first book is up here.
EDIT: The second book in the series on quantum mechanics now has an Amazon page.