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New version of free physics text available

  1. Sep 9, 2003 #1
    The free physics text for students, teachers and enthusiasts available on


    has been considerably extended. It adds a new section on nuclear physics
    that includes the story of radioactivity, a MRI scan of humans making love
    and the dream of grand unification. The present 14th revision also adds
    more figures on special relativity, a short explanation of k calculus, the
    paradox of the relativistic submarine, a photograph and description of how
    some caterpillars shoot away their faecal matter, a photograph of a
    basilisk running over water, Stowe's periodic table of the elements, a
    beautiful picture of the analemma, references to monadology, the question
    why birds are not usually seen on high voltage lines, the question whether
    the moon is larger or smaller than the nail of your thumb at the end of
    your extended arm, the proof that Peary did not reach the north pole, and
    much more. Many photographs and drawings have been added, the graphical
    presentation reworked and several hundred challenge
    solutions have been added. (Tell me which ones you want next!)

    For all fields of physics the newest research results and the main
    unanswered questions are presented. The text remains a structured walk
    through classical physics, relativity, quantum theory and unification. In
    total, the text aims to give an overview of what motion is and what it can
    effect. The accent on surprises and thought-provoking puzzles has been
    kept. It will please both readers who open the text at random and
    those who read it systematically. Thank you to everybody who has sent
    criticisms, corrections and suggestions. Enjoy!

    Christoph Schiller
    chri_schiller @ yahoo . com

    P.S. In physics texts, figures take the biggest part of the budget - both
    in time and in money. Any help on (preferably colour postscript) images to
    be added to the text (with permission of course) is much appreciated. Such
    help will allow me to concentrate on the writing and make sure that the
    text can continue to be free for all readers throughout the world.
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