Reprinting some classics

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Principles of Electrodynamics – A. N. Matveyev

In this post, we will look at the book Principles of Electrodynamics by A. N. Matveyev (Matveev). We have seen other books by Matveev in the past, Mechanics and Theory of Relativity, Optics, Molecular Physics, and Electricity and Magnetism.

About the book

In this book, we have a clear, concise introduction, on the intermediate level, of all the tools necessary to handle the most important problems in electrodynamics, with emphasis on the experimental basis of significant phenomena. The book is divided into three parts: Phenomenological Elec­trodynamics, Electron Theory, and the Theory of Relativity. The first two parts present Maxwell’s Equations and their consequences, first intro­ducing phenomenological parameters to describe the behavior of material media and then deriving them from a more fundamental microscopic view. Einstein, through his Theory of Relativity, made possible a beautiful uni­fication of electric and magnetic phenomena. Therefore, a discussion of the historical background which led to Einstein’s theory, its fundamental concepts, and their far-reaching consequences may be found in the last part of this text. Principles of Electrodynamics, then, fills the need for a somewhat more advanced text on electricity and magnetism which does not assume great mathematical sophistication, but which does emphasize the basic physics.

The book was translated from the Russian by Leon F. Landovitz and was publised by Reinhold in 1966. AFAIK there is no translation of the book in Mir.

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  1. Maxwell’s Equations as a Generalization of Experimental Fact 5

§1. The electromagnetic field. System of units 5
§2. Differential form of Gauss’ theorem 9
§3. Ohm’s law and the Joule-Lenz law in differential form 13
§4. Equation of continuity and displacement current 15
§5. Generalization of the law of total current 18
§6. Differential form of the law of electromagnetic induction 21
§7. Maxwell’s equation, div B = 0 22
§8. Maxwell’s system of equations. The energy of the electromagnetic field 23
§9. Boundary conditions 26
Problems 32

  1. Electrostatics 36

§10. Possibility of considering electrical and magnetic problems separately 36
§11. Electrostatic field in a homogeneous medium 36
§12. Laplace’s equation and Poisson’s equation 41
§13. Conductors in an electrostatic field 45
§14. Dielectrics in an electrostatic field 57
§15. Energy of the electrostatic field and the energy of the interaction between charges 64
§16. Mechanical energy in an electrostatic field Problems 74
Problems 74

  1. Static Magnetic Field 83

§17. General properties and equations of the magnetostatic field 83
§18. Applied emf’s and the generalized Ohm’s and Joule-Lenz laws 84
§19. Magnetostatic field in a homogeneous medium. Biot-Savart law 87
§20. Magnetic substances in a magnetic field 94
§21. Energy of the magnetic field of steady currents
§22. Mechanical forces in the magnetostatic field 105
Problems 109

  1. Quasi-Static Electromagnetic Fields 117

§23. Definitions and equations 117
§24. System of conductors, taking mutual inductance and self-inductance into account 121
§25. Electric circuit with capacitance and inductance 124
§26. Induction of currents in moving conductors
§27. Skin effect 131
Problems 135

  1. Generation of Electromagnetic Waves 138

§28. General equations 138
§29. Radiation of a linear oscillator 144
§30. Radiation of a current loop 154
§31. Directed radiation 156
Problems 156

  1. Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves 158

§32. Propagation of electromagnetic waves in dielectrics 158
§33. Propagation of electromagnetic waves in conducting media 162
§34. Refraction and reflection of plane electromagnetic waves at a boundary between dielectrics 164
§35. Motion of electromagnetic waves along transmission lines 171
Problems 175


  1. Interaction of Charges with the Electromagnetic Field 179

§36. Fundamental equations of electron theory 179
§37. Motion of an electron in an electromagnetic damping 181
§38. Radiation of an oscillating electron. Radiation field 194
§39. Theory of the spectral line width 199
§40. Scattering of light by free electrons 203
§41. Momentum of an electromagnetic field. Pressure of light 204 Problems 207

  1. Dielectrics

§42. Rarefied gases 212
§43. Dense gases, liquids, and solid dielectrics 217
§44. Theory of dispersion 221
Problems 226

  1. Magnetic Substances 228

§45. Motion of electrons in atoms in an external magnetic field 228
§46. Diamagnetic substances 234
§47. Paramagnetic substances 237
§48. Remarks on ferromagnetism 239
§49. Gyromagnetic effects 240
Problems 243

  1. Conductors 244

§50. Electrical conductivity of gases 244
§51. Electrical conductivity of liquids 249
§52. Electrical conductivity of metals 251
§53. Superconductivity 256
Problems 259

  1. Relationship between Phenomenological Electrodynamics and Electron Theory 260

§54. Averaging of fields 260
§55. Averaging the microscopic current density 262
§56. Averaging the charge density 265


  1. Postulate of the Constancy of the Velocity of Light 267

§57. The velocity of light 271
§58. Michelson’s experiment 276
§59. The ballistic hypothesis 280
§60. Fizeau’s experiment 281
§61. Postulate that the velocity of light is constant

  1. The Principle of Relativity

§62. Frames of reference 286
§63. The principle of relativity in classical mechanics 90
§64. The principle of relativity in the special theory of relativity 294

  1. The Lorentz Transformation and Its Kinematic Corollaries 296

§65. Derivation of the Lorentz transformation 296
§66. Length of a moving body 303
§67. Rate of moving clocks. Proper time 306
§68. Simultaneity 309
§69. Addition of velocities 312
Problems 314

  1. Mathematical Apparatus of the Theory of Relativity 316

§70. Four-dimensional space 316
§71. Four-dimensional vectors 320
§72. Four-dimensional tensors 323
§73. Tensor analysis 325
§74. Tensor calculus as a tool of the theory of relativity 327

  1. Relativistic Electrodynamics 329

§75. Four-dimensional potential and four-dimensional current density 329
§76. Tensor form of Maxwell’s equations 331
§77. Electromagnetic field tensors 334
§78. Four-dimensional force density 338
§79. Electromagnetic field energy momentum tensor 340
§80. Doppler effect 344
§81. Plane waves 347
§82. Field of an arbitrarily moving electron 351
§83. Electrodynamics of moving media 359
Problem 364

  1. Relativistic Mechanics 365

§84. Equations of motion 365
§85. Dependence of mass on velocity 367
§86. Relationship between mass and energy 369
§87. Laws of conservation 375
§88. Charged particle accelerators 376
Problems 392

Appendix 1. Vector Algebra and Analysis Formulas Used in This Book 398
Appendix 2. International (SI) System of Units 400
Index 403

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Sorry for the long hiatus in posting over last few months.

We will begin with new posts in the new year, have several new titles to post! Till then hold on.

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सचित्र खगोलशास्त्र – लेविन, रादलोवा , (A picture book of astronomy – Levin, Radlova in Marathi)

In this post we will see the Marathi version of the book A picture book of astronomy by Boris Levin and Lidia Radlova. titled सचित्र खगोलशास्त्र

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The original scan is by Guptaji, it has some cropping and many pages missing including the front cover and title pages. I have cleaned the book. There is a Telugu version also which we will post in the future.

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తెలుగులో కొన్ని పుస్తకాలు – పార్ట్ 2 | Some books in Telugu – Part 2

There are about 40 odd books translated to Telugu which we have been added. We will look at the first five of them in this post. Some of them have been added in English earlier, some of them are new.

Many thanks to Guptaji for the original scans, some of them have been cleaned for better readability.

Many thanks to Keerthi and DP for help in typing the titles in Telugu.

This is part 2 of the cache. Part 1 is here.

వర్ధిల్లాలి సుబ్బూ, నీళ్ళూ! కోర్నెయ్ చుకోవ్ స్కి ( Vardhillali Subbu, You Too! Korney Chukovsky)

వెండి గిట్ట పి. బజోవ్ ( Silver Hoof P. Bajov)

యూష్కా ఎ.కుప్రీన్ ( Yushka A. Kuprin)

మొదటి వేట వి. బియాంకి ( The First Hunt V. Biyanki)

నీళ్లకు పోయిన ఎలక లిథువేనియన్ జానపద పాటలు ( Lost Leaf Lithuanian Folk Songs)


The pictures of the puppy in The First Hunt are just too good..


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Volunteer help needed! Please help create a comprehensive list of books

Please help in creating a list of all the Soviet titles:

Help edit the entries in the this spreadsheet

Let me know if you have any questions

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Misha en español (Misha in Spanish)

Mientras revisaba el Archivo, encontré algunas copias de Misha en español.

While browsing the Archive, I found some copies of Misha in Spanish.

All credits to the IA user @mikasa








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తెలుగులో కొన్ని పుస్తకాలు – పార్ట్ 1 | Some books in Telugu – Part 1

There are about 40 odd books translated to Telugu which we have been added. We will look at the first five of them in this post. Some of them have been added in English earlier, some of them are new.

Many thanks to Guptaji for the original scans, some of them have been cleaned for better readability.

Many thanks to Keerthi and DP for help in typing the titles in Telugu.

మెర్గెనూ, అతని మిత్రులు నానాయ్ జానపదకథ ( Mergen And His Friends Nanai Folklore)

మాయ గుర్రం మేటి గుర్రం రష్యన్ జానపద కథ ( Maya Horse Meti Horse Russian Folk Tale)

మేలు మరవని పిచిక కె. పౌస్టోవ్స్కీ ( The Ruffled Sparrow K. Paustovski)

వేర్వేరు చక్రాలు వి. సుతేయేవ్ ( Different Wheels V. Suteyev)

మొసలి కాజేసిన సూర్యుడు కోర్నేయ్ చుకోవ్స్కి ( Crocodile Sun Korney Chukovsky)

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Integral Equations In Elasticity – Parton, Perlin

In this post, we will look at the book Integral Equations In Elasticity by V. Z. Parton, P. I. Perlin.

About the book

This book presents the fundamentals of the theory of regular and singular integral equations in the case of one and two variables. The general principles of the theory of approximate methods are considered as well as their application for the efficient solution of both regular and singular integral equations. The necessary information is given on the three-dimensional and two-dimensional equations of the theory of elasticity including the formulation of boundary value problems. The book contains the derivation and analysis of various integral equations of the plane problem for both fundamental boundary value problems and mixed problems, and also for bodies with cuts. In the three-dimensional case the construction and analysis of integral equations are carried out for the first and second fundamental problems.

Emphasis is placed on efficient methods for solving integral equations for the plane and three-dimensional problems of elasticity. Examples are given illustrating the advantages of a particular approach. The book is appended with an extensive list of references giving comprehensive information of the subject of investigation.

The emphasis on numerical methods for the solution of integral equations for elastostatic problems corresponds to the author’s conviction that this approach has considerable promise, particularly with the advent of the nearest-generation computers.

The scope of the book is limited to elastostatic problems though the extension of the methods described to dynamic problems apparently involves no fundamental difficulties.

The book was translated from the Russian by ???? and was published by Mir in 1982.

Many thanks to Akbar Azimi for the scans.

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Preface to the English Edition 7

Preface to the Russian Edition 8

On the Formation of Integral Equation Methods in the Theory of Elasticity by D. I. Sherman 10

Notation 19


1. Analytic Theory of a Resolvent 21

2. Cauchy-type Integral 35

3. Riemann Boundary Value Problem 48

4. Singular Integral Equations 52

5. Riemann Boundary Value Problem in the Case of Discontinuous Coefficients and Unclosed Contours 64

6. Singular Integral Equations in the Case of Discontinuous Coefficients and Unclosed Contours 71

7. Two-dimensional Singular Integrals 75

8. Two-dimensional Singular Integral Equations 89


9. General Principles of the Theory of Approximate Methods 98

10. Method of Successive Approximations 105

11. Mechanical Quadrature Method for Regular Integral Equations 111

12. Approximate Methods for Solving Singular Integral Equations 114

13. Approximate Methods for Solving Singular Integral ^

Equations (Continued) 120


14. Three-dimensional Problem 137

15. Plane Problem 137

16. Bending of Thin Plates 143

17. On Singular Solutions of Elastic Equations 148


18. Muskhelishvili’s Integral Equations 155

19. Sherman-Lauricella Integral Equations 159

20. Sherman-Lauricella Integral Equations (Continued) 164

21. Multiply (Doubly) Connected Regions 168

22. Problems of the Theory of Elasticity for Piecewise Homogeneous Bod ies 171


23. Problems of the Theory of Elasticity for Bodies with Cuts 175

24. Integral Equations for Mixed (Contact) Problems 179

25. Problems of the Theory of Elasticity for Bodies Bounded by Piecewise Smooth Contours 182

26. Method of Linear Relationship 186

27. Method of Linear Relationship (Continued) 189


28. Generalized Elastic Potentials 199

29. Regular and Singular Integral-Equations for Fundamental Three-dimensional Problems 206

30. Extension of the Fredholm Alternatives to Singular Integral Equations of the Theory of Elasticity 215

31. Spectral Properties of Regular and Singular Integral Equations. Method of Successive Approximations 217

32. Differential Properties of Solutions of Integral Equations and Generalized Elastic Potentials 223

33. Approximate Methods of Solving Integral Equations for Fundamental Three-dimensional Problems 224

34. Problems of the Theory of Elasticity for Bodies Bounded by Several Surfaces 239

35. Three-dimensional Problems of the Theory of Elasticity for Bodies with Gut 244

36. Piecewise Homogeneous Bodies 253

37. Solution of Problems of the Theory of Elasticity for Bodies Bounded by Piecewise Smooth Surfaces 262

38. Mixed (Contact) Problems 269

Conclusion 274

References 277

Author Index 299

Subject Index 302

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Plugging Materials and the Cementing of Wells – Bulatov

In this post, we will see the book Plugging Materials and the Cementing of Wells by A. Bulatov.

About the book:

This textbook, translated from the third Russian edition, is intended for students at technical schools specializing in the drilling of oil and gas wells. The book outlines the techniques of cementing oil and gas wells, based on current scientific developments and experience gained in applying advanced methods by the Soviet oil-industry specialists, and offers a description of cementing outfit, plugging cements, and chemicals used for their
treatment. It also surveys the properties of plugging mixtures (slurries) and cement stone under a variety of geological and technical conditions.

One of the merits of the text is that it describes the composition of plugging cements and techniques employed in their preparation, which is of great importance in training technical personnel at oil fields.

The book will be of particular value in countries where oil is being produced with the participation of the Soviet specialists and with use of the Soviet-made equipment.


The book was translated from the Russian by S. Kittell and was published by Mir in 1985 (Second Edition).

Many thanks to Akbar Azimi for the scans.

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Preface. 8

Introduction. 9

Chapter I. Methods of Casing Cementing. 13

1.1. Primary Cementing Methods. 13
1.2. Secondary (Remedy) Cementing Methods. 22

Chapter 2. Technology of Cementing Wells. 21

2.1. Flow Properties of Slurries. 24
2.2. Idea of Slurry Flow. 28
2.3. Preparation of Well Bore for Casing and Cementing. 30
2.4. Determining Well Bore Configuration and Volume. 35
2.5. Improving the Quality of Well Cementing. 38
2.6. Technological Parameters. 39
2.7. Spacer (Displacement) Fluids. 42

Chapter 3. Cementing Units and Cement Mixers. 44

3.1. Cementing Units. 44
3.2. Cementing Units of Special Construction. 55
3.3. Improvement of Cementing Units. 57
3.4. Citnent Mixers. 59
3.5. Cementing Process Control Station and Self-Propelled Manifold Unit.68
3.6. Cementing Process Calculations. 71

Chapter 4. Cementing Conditions and Requirements for the Quality of Cement Slurries and Stone. 85

4.1. Temperature and Pressure In Wells. 86
4.2. Stratal Waters. 88
4.3. Requirements to the Quality ot Plugging Mixture and Stone. 89

Chapter 5. Composition and Basic Properties of Portland Cement. 97

5.1. Classification of Plugging (Oil-Well) Cements and Mixtures. 97
5.2. Plugging Portland Cement. 99
5.3. Clinker Composition. 99
5.4. Quantitative Characteristics of Clinker. 101
5.5. Saturation Coefficient and Moduli of Portland Cement. 101
5.6. Estimated and Actual Mineralogical Composition of Portland Cement Clinker. 102
5.7. Brief Information on the Technology of Portland Cement Production. 104
5.8. Properties of Dry Cement Flour. 106
5.9. Active Mineral Additives io Binders. 107
5.10. Heat Liberation During Hardening of Plugging Mixtures. 108

Chapter 6. Properties of Cement Slurry and Cement Stone. 123

6.1. Sedimentation Stability of Cement Slurries. 123
6.2. Water Loss of Cement Slurry. 124
6.3. Thickening of Cement Slurry. 126
6.4. Setting Time of Cement Slurries. 127
6.5. Density of Cement Slurry. 129
6.6. Intemingling of Mud Fluids and Plugging Mixtures. 129
6.7. Contraction Effect in Hydration of Cement and in Hardening of Cement Slurry. 131
6.8. Mechanical Strength of Cement Stone. 132
6.9. Permeability of Cement Stone. 135
6.10. Adhesion of Cement Stone to Casing String Metal and to Rocks. 137
6.11. Changes in Volume of Plugging Cements (Slurries and Stone). 138

Chapter 7. Plugging Cement. 142

7.1. Definition and Composition of Plugging Cement. 142
7.2. Specifications for Granulated Coke-Smelting Blast-Furnace Slags. 143
7.3. Specifications for Plugging Cement. 143
7.4. Acceptance Rules. 144
7.5. Test Methods. 145
7.6. Transportation and Storage. 159
7.7. Determining the Permeability of Cement Stone. 159

Chapter 8. Adjusting the Properties of Cement Slurry and Cement Stone. 162

8.1. Cement Setting Retardants. 162

Chapter 9. Plugging Cements for High-Temperature Wells. 169

9.1. Cement-Sand Slurries. 169
9.2. Choice of Sand. 171
9.3. Proportioning of Cement-Sand Slurries. 173
9.4. Permeability of Cement-Sand Stone. 175
9.5. Slag-Sand Cements. 176
9.6. Setting Time and Mechanical Strength of Slag-Sand Slurries and Stone. 178
9.7. Slag-Sand Cements for Wells with Bottom-Hole Temperatures above 200 °C and Pressures up to 100 MPa. 182
9.8. Slag-Sand Cements with Sand of Natural Size. 182
9.9. Plugging Cements Based on Ferromanganese Slag. 184
9.10. Jointly Ground Slag-Sand Cements. 184
9.11. Separate and Combined Effects of Temperature and Pressure on Properties of Slag Slurries. 185
9.12. Effect of Storage Time on Properties ot Slag Cements. 185
9.13. Water Loss of Slag Slurries. 186
9.14. Adhesion of Slag Cements to Metal. 187
9.15. Slag Portland Cement. 187
9.16. Lime-Sand Slurries. 189
9.17. Belite-SIlica Cement. 190

Chapter 10. Cements for Low-Density Slurries and Weighted Cements. 191

10.1. Lightened Plugging Mixtures with Finely Ground Silica Additives. 197
10.2. Lightened Slag Slurries. 198
10.3. Weighted Cement Slurries. 200
10.4. Weighted Slag Slurries. 204
10.5. Aerated Cement Slurries. 204

Chapter 11. Cement Slurries Prepared with Concentrated Saline Solutions (Brines) 208

11.1. Dissolution of Saliferous Rocks in Plugging Mixtures. 209
11.2. Preparation of Salinized (Brine) Plugging Mixtures. 210
11.3. Effect of Salts on Pheological Properties of Plugging Mixtures. 212
11.4. Water Loss of Salinized (Brine) Plugging Mixtures. 213
11.5. Adhesion of Cement Stone to Salts. 214
11.6. Corrosion of Plugging Cement Stone. 214
11.7. Features Specific to Cementing of Wells in Permafrost Areas. 215

Chapter 12. Plugging Materials for Controlling Loss of Circulation. 219

12.1. Plugging Mixtures for Controlling Loss of Circulation in Drilling. 220
12.2. Quick-Setting Mixtures. 221
12.3. Gel-Cements. 223
12.4. Features Specific to the Setting of Quick-Taking Plugging Mixtures. Selection of Mixtures for Concrete Conditions. 223

Chapter 13. Special Plugging Cements and Mixtures. 225

13.1. Corrosion-Proof Plugging Cements. 225
13.2. Expanding Plugging Cements. 230
13.3. Gypsum as a Plugging Material. 231
13.4. Hydrophobic Cements. 233
13.5. Oil-Cement Slurries. 233
13.6. Organic and Organic-Mineral Materials for Cementing Wells. 235

Chapter 14. Facilities and Structures for Transporting, Mixing, and Storage of Plugging Materials. 248

14.1. Plugging Cement Storage Regulations.252
14.2. Arrangement, Operating Principle, and Technical Data of Railwayside Mechanized Plugging Cement Store. 254
14.3. GROZNEFT Installation for Preparing Dry Plugging Mixtures. 258
14.4. KRASNODARNEFTEGAZ Installation for Preparing Plugging Mixtures. 259
14.5. Laboratory Control over Plugging Materials. 260

Chapter 15. Organization of Cementing Jobs. Complications and Safety Engineering in Cementing of Wells. 268

15.1. Organization of Cementing Jobs 268
15.2. Complications in Cementing of Wells. 272
15.3. Accident Prevention in Handling Free-Flowing and Dusty Materials. 278
15.4. Accident Prevention in Cementing Jobs. 280
15.5. Safety in Handling Radioactive Isotopes. 282
15.6. Safety Regulations to be Observed when Working in Gaseous Environment and Handling Chemicals.283
15.7. Safety Regulations to be Observed when Working in Winter Time. 283
15.8. General Safety Rules. 284

Chapter 16. Cementing Quality Check. 285

Index 292

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