student J.J. “3-j” Jensen asks:

I am a poor student who has not paid for a CD in a decade. How much does this textbook cost? I hear it is a size of a phonebook.

Predrag's answer:

I will follow Lautrup's book as posted on the course schedule, so if you are in the course, you can download the chapters and read the material.


Physics of Continuous Matter
Exotic and Everyday Phenomena in the Macroscopic World

2nd Edition, Copyright (C) Benny Lautrup 2009 - ask Predrag for login info

Front matter


  1. Continuous Matter
  2. Pressure
  3. Buoyancy and Stability
  4. Hydrostatic Shapes
  5. Surface Tension
  6. Stress
  7. Strain
  8. Hooke's Law
  9. Basic Elastostatics
  10. Slender Rods
  11. Computational Elastostatics


  1. Newtonian mechanics
  2. Cartesian coordinates
  3. Field calculus
  4. Curvilinear coordinates



book cover

Predrag's answer: The phonebook-size version is actually rather pretty, and if you can sacrifice this winter's Aspen sky tour for a worthy cause, buy this book.