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  1. #1 Fun with physics - on 1300 free pages 
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    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


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    Thanks - This is great !!!!!!


    The hand of time rested on the half-hour mark, and all along that old front line of the English there came a whistling and a crying. The men of the first wave climbed up the parapets, in tumult, darkness, and the presence of death, and having done with all pleasant things, advanced across No Man's Land to begin the Battle of the Somme. - Poet John Masefield.

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    I do like the "Advanced Quantum Theory (not yet available)" :wink:

    Moved to Links, would members care to comment on this book?
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    I cannot comment on the accuracy of the content of the book being but a simple geologist, but I can make the following observations:
    1) The website layout is clear and attractive.
    2) The format of the book itself is excellent:
    hhha) Illustrations are numerous and clear
    hhh b) The writing is simple and direct
    hhhc) The layout of the pages and overall structure is first rate

    If the quality of the content matches the quality of the presentation then this is an outstanding work and the author is to be thoroughly complimented for his effort.
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    Well, I've had a little time now (about 10 minutes) to look at his writing on the Electromagnetic spectrum - My comment is "It's faultless". I'll certainly read a little more as I get time. Yes a well laid out site easy to navigate.
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    Thanks I was in search of some great online textbooks.
    If there are are more please let me know.
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    hey i downloaded the textbook but i am getting the error that there no suitable program which would run the textbook. I have adobe reader 5.0 I just want the text not the animations which could be seen only in version 6.0. Please help
    I f anybody can let me know from where i could download internet explorer 6.0 I can then downloading that get reader 6.0 too
    Sorry if this post seems to be detached from the main topic as it is somewhere from the cyber world.
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    You can get Acrobat reader version 7.0 here.

    http://acrobat-reader.download-free.cc/

    if that is what you were asking. I got confused by your reference to IE 6.0.
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    IE 6.0 means microsoft internet explorer 6.0. I have got that. I have windows 98 and i think it doesnot hold the system requirements for adobe reader 7.
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  11. #10 Fun with physics - new edition for free download 
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    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
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    Two questions. One, I've been looking for a physics text book which will take me from the very basics, up to advanced level. Is this the book for me ? Secondly, presuming the answer to question one is 'yes', where can i make a donation ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat1981(England)
    Two questions. One, I've been looking for a physics text book which will take me from the very basics, up to advanced level. Is this the book for me ? Secondly, presuming the answer to question one is 'yes', where can i make a donation ?
    I know a book that'll be perfect for that; its called:

    Collins Advanced Science---Physics---Ken Dobson---Second Edition

    I'm sure it'll be on Amazon :wink:
    "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe". - Carl Sagan
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    Thank you, i will look it up right away. Do you know if it will cover me though the basics ? I didn't pay much attention at school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat1981(England)
    Thank you, i will look it up right away. Do you know if it will cover me though the basics ? I didn't pay much attention at school.
    Yea, its no problem to get used to, its clearly layed out and has loads of relevant infomation and a load of pictures .
    "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe". - Carl Sagan
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    Well as long as there are plenty of pictures, i should be alright. Thanks again.
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  17. #16 Fun with physics - new edition for free download 
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    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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    Hey man I love it. Its great. Hats off to you!
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  19. #18 Free physics text: new edition with over 1800 pages 
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    The new, 24th edition of the free downloadable
    physics textbook is now freely available on

    http://www.motionmountain.net

    The text now also explains why it makes sense to choose
    a zig-zag path when climbing steep mountains, how you can
    visualize the wave function and understand quantum mechanics,
    what the jumping height of various animals is, how the belt
    trick or scissor trick saves lives, how you can measure the
    curvature of space in your own home, why the moguls on skiing
    slopes move upwards, and that your eyes are full of optical
    fibers. The text also tells the story of the biggest
    disappointment of the television industry in the twentieth
    century.

    Over 1800 pages in five volumes show that physics is as
    much fun as anything else you may think of. The pages lead
    through the whole of modern physics. And the adventure
    guarantees to be fascinating and challenging on every page.

    A free French translation by Benoit Clenet of the first three
    volumes is also available. Free German, Italian and Spanish
    translations of the section on special relativity are also
    available. A free Russian translation is being put online.
    A paper edition is now available at lulu.com.

    Enjoy the reading!
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    explains how physics Plotinus
    and christianity come together to show that the universe
    and god are one and the same
    explains how physics Plotinus
    and christianity come together to show that the universe
    and god are one and the same
    explains how physics Plotinus
    and christianity come together to show that the universe
    and god are one and the same
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