By Christoph Schiller
A contemporary creation to physics,captivating, easy, with many color photographs, animations and movies, riddles and challenges.It covers mechanics, thermodynamics, relativity, quantum physics and glossy makes an attempt at unification.
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2. Open your eyes for a second or two and look at page 243 – or any other page that contains many formulae. 3. Then close your eyes again and return to your marvellous experience. 4. Repeat the observation of the formulae and the visualization of your memory – steps 2 and 3 – three more times. Then leave the memory, look around yourself to get back into the here and now, and test yourself. Look again at page 243. How do you feel about formulae now? net ∗∗ 32 Challenge 28 s 1 why should we care abou t motion?
That would solve many problems. Second, can it be applied to empty space? In other words, are matter and empty space continuous? Both topics will be explored later in our walk; each issue will have its own, special consequences. For the moment, we eliminate this troubling issue by restricting our interest to smoothly curved shapes (and cutting knives). net F I G U R E 26 A polyhedron with one of its dihedral angles (© Luca Gastaldi). 2 from motion measurement to continuit y 57 F I G U R E 27 Straight lines found in nature: cerussite (picture width approx.
Are objects different than cylinders possible? net Challenge 30 d Motion is the most fundamental observation in nature. Everyday motion is predictable and deterministic. Predictability is reflected in six aspects of motion: continuity, conservation, reversibility, mirror-invariance, relativity and minimization. Some of these aspects are valid for all motion, and some are valid only for everyday motion. Which ones, and why? We explore this now. Copyright © Christoph Schiller June 1990–May 2013 Chapter 2 FROM MOTION MEA SUREMENT TO C ON T I N U I T Y Challenge 31 s Ref.
Motion Mountain – The Adventure of Physics. Fall, flow and heat by Christoph Schiller