The adventure of physics - on 1200 free downloadable pages

motionmountain
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The adventure of physics - on 1200 free downloadable pages

Postby motionmountain » Wed Sep 28, 2005 3:29 pm

The latest edition of the free Motion Mountain physics text can be
downloaded at

http://www.motionmountain.net

In total, over 1200 pages lead through the whole of physics, from
classical mechanics to relativity, electrodynamics, thermodynamics,
quantum theory, nuclear physics and unification.

The eighteenth edition adds more about the echolocation capabilities
of bats and humans, describes the puzzle of Einstein's last birthday
present, gives more details on rainbows, introduces the pearl
necklace length contraction paradox and presents the Einstein-de Haas
effect and the Barnett effect. The text now provides the
classification of rocks, shows how to use the high voltage from a
computer monitor to make things levitate, introduces magnetoreception
and the sensing of electrical fields, explains the Richter scale for
earthquakes, gives an introduction into the behaviour of solids,
liquids and gases at lowes temperatures and presents the potentially
toughest challenge of physics. Numerous figures, photographs and
puzzles have been added. The section on special relativity and
several other chapters have been improved thoroughly. Over 60 pages
of new material have been added, often triggered by remarks and
suggestions of readers. A warm thank you to all of them. If you
find a boring page, do complain - I'll change it.

Enjoy.

Christoph Schiller

perihelion
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Postby perihelion » Mon Oct 10, 2005 1:29 am

Anyone read this? Any opinion's? I'm too busy/lazy to take a look at it but it sounds super.

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motionmountain
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The adventure of physics - 1300 free pages for download

Postby motionmountain » Sun May 07, 2006 11:31 am

The new, nineteenth edition of the free Motion Mountain physics text
can now be downloaded at

http://www.motionmountain.net

Over 1000 pages lead through the whole of physics, from mechanics to
relativity, electrodynamics, thermodynamics, quantum theory, nuclear
physics and unification.

The nineteenth edition gives details on radiometric dating techniques,
explains how to destroy airplanes with thermometers, shows how to use
the same idea to measure the speed of bullets and that of light, presents a
classical system that obeys the Schroedinger equation, introduces Tesla coils,
shows that space-time has different properties in certain patent offices,
tells how to see effects from atoms using only a lamp and a piece of metal, gives
more details on clouds and jets of astronomic size, shows how to perform a
precision Michelson-Morley experiment, gives the latest results on the
Pioneer anomaly, introduces fusion reactors, demonstrates the chromatic lens
errors of the eye, and presents the simplest unsolved problem about the trefoil
knot.

The text also provides improved writing, more figures, more
curiosities, many additional solutions to the challenges, and, thanks to the help of
Martin Elsaesser, the first embedded animation. Many thanks also to all those
readers who have suggested improvements and material for the text. An
errata page that allows direct feedback via the website is now available.

Enjoy.

Christoph Schiller

motionmountain
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The adventure of physics - new book edition for free downloa

Postby motionmountain » Tue Jan 09, 2007 8:29 am

I have put the new, twentieth edition of my freely
downloadable physics textbook in pdf form on

http://www.motionmountain.eu

Over 1380 pages lead through the whole of physics, from
mechanics to relativity, electrodynamics, thermodynamics,
quantum theory, nuclear physics and unification. Many
explanations across the text have been improved, often
triggered by the input of readers across the internet.
Thank you to all of them.

The twentieth edition now contains a dozen animations
and films: generation and motion of electromagnetic waves,
leap-frogging vortex rings, jumping snakes, the propagation
of solitons and dromions, growing ice crystals,
rotating atomic orbitals, the actin-myosin system
in muscles in action, and Dirac's belt trick.

The twentieth edition also introduces robots that walk on
water, explains how to observe the polarization of light with
the unaided human eye (in the same way as honey bees do),
includes a clearer explanation of the curl of a function,
introduces dromions and the challenge to observe them in
everyday life, shows how to produce floating plasma clouds
similar to ball lighting, improves the explanation of quantum
mechanics, tells more about the Galilean satellites, tells
how to compare the density of the Moon and the Sun by looking
at the sea, mentions the world records for running backwards
and the attempts to break the speed sailing record, tells in
more detail how to learn from books with as little effort as
possible, includes thermographic images, shows a photograph
of each element, explains more clearly the generation of
electromagnetic radiation, presents the polarized car
headlight problem, and includes many new puzzles.

Enjoy the reading.

Christoph Schiller

motionmountain
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Adventures in physics - new edition for free download

Postby motionmountain » Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:26 pm

The new, twenty-first edition of the freely
downloadable physics textbook is available on

http://www.motionmountain.eu

Almost 1500 pages lead through the whole of physics, from
mechanics to relativity, electrodynamics, thermodynamics,
quantum theory, nuclear physics, astrophysics and
unification. Over hundred new figures and tables, and
numerous explanations have been added, with many
examples from animals, plants and machines.

The twenty-first edition now explains why the speed of
light is too slow to speculate with success on the stock
exchange, adds the second-level bear fur colour puzzle and
the young mother puzzle, presents the nearest place with
a pressure permanently lower than that of the atmosphere,
adds the puzzle about the horse and the snail on a rubber,
tells more about metamaterials, adds some simple chemical
puzzles, presents what incredible things on atomic layers
one can discover using a pencil and sticky tape, tells
more on biological rhythms and clocks, explains how to
observe the rotation of the Earth in any classroom after
two seconds of observation, shows an electric effect
observed on many playgrounds, shows the beauty of bursting
soap bubbles and bouncing tennis balls, explains how it is
possible to observe the motion of single, isolated
electrons, gives more details on the shape of the proton,
and tells how to build the simplest possible radio
control system.

The first 360 pages are available also in French, due to
the great work of Benoit Clenet, and can be downloaded from
the bienvenue page.

A wiki open to everybody now keeps track of misprints
and suggestions.

Enjoy the reading!

Christoph Schiller

VT
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Postby VT » Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:34 pm

WHAT!!


I don believe it!

motionmountain
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Re: The adventure of physics - on 1200 free downloadable pages

Postby motionmountain » Thu Jan 15, 2009 7:09 pm

The new, twenty-second edition of the freely
downloadable physics textbook is available on

http://www.motionmountain.net

Over 1600 pages show that physics is more fun than making
love. They lead through the whole of physics, from
mechanics to thermodynamics, relativity, electrodynamics,
quantum theory, nuclear physics, astrophysics and
unification. The text promises to be fascinating and
challenging on every page.

The twenty-second edition now explains how it is possible
to plunge a bare hand into molten lead, includes a film of
an oscillating quartz inside a watch, explains how it is
possible to type a letter by controlling a computer
with thought alone, includes a film of a solar flare,
explains the fifteen ways that colours appear
in rocks plants and animals, explains the connection
between cats and gauge theory, adds more ways in which
the human eye invents colours that are not there, includes
a list of laser types and applications, includes many
images of crystals, explains how physics Plotinus
and christianity come together to show that the universe
and god are one and the same, adds the handcuff puzzle
and several other puzzles, explains how jet pilots
frighten civilians with sonic superbooms produced by
fighter planes, presents the most beautiful and precise
sundial available today, adds a simple photographic
proof that the Earth is larger than the Moon, improves
the presentation of elementary particle physics, adds
a photo of a red rainbow, gives the latest discoveries
on the Galileo trial, presents a fascinating mathematical
aspect of Ohm's law, states the hardest open math problem
that you can explain to your grandmother, adds photographs
of levitation, and much more.

Over 50 new illustrations and 100 new pages have been added.
More than 200 women and men have helped with suggestions and
material: thank you to all of them. A beautiful
French translation by Benoit Clenet of a large part
of the text is also available. Parts are available in
Italian and Spanish. Suggestions and errata
can be added at the Motion Mountain wiki.

Enjoy!

Christoph Schiller

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Re: The adventure of physics - on 1200 free downloadable pages

Postby nathan12343 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:23 pm

I wasn't sure I was going to read it after the first three times he told us about it, but the fourth sealed the deal.




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