Motion Mountain Adventure of Physics

Author : Christoph Schiller

Published in : Motion Mountain

File Type : pdf

File Size : 49 mb

Language : English


The intensity with which small children explore their environment suggests that there is a drive to grasp the way the world works, a ‘physics instinct’, built into each of us. What would happen if this drive, instead of being stied during school education, as it usually is, were allowed to thrive in an environment without bounds, reaching from the atoms to the stars? Probably most adolescents would then know more about nature than most senior physics teachers today. ¿is text tries to provide this possibility to the reader. It acts as a guide in an exploration, free of all limitations, of physics, the science of motion. ¿e project is the result of a threefold aim I have pursued since 1990: to present the basics of motion in a way that is simple, up to date and vivid. In order to be simple, the text focuses on concepts, while keeping mathematics to the necessary minimum. Understanding the concepts of physics is given precedence over using formulae in calculations. ¿e whole text is within the reach of an undergraduate. It presents simple summaries of the main domains of physics.

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