This free e-book in six colour pdf files introduces physics, the science of motion – and is captivating on every page. Enjoy finding out what fireworks, mobile phones and butterflies have in common, how muscles work, how colours appear, how levitation is possible, why we can see the stars and which problems in physics are still unsolved.
New: amazing animations proving the spin-statistics theorem – watch them here; also, what sneezing has to do with molecular motors; how to use electrodynamics to find out the number you are thinking of; how to measure the speed of the grim reaper; and how to use topology and a pencil to entertain a party.
Using more than one thousand colour pictures, embedded films, stories and puzzles, the pdf files tell about sport, raindrops and animal life (mechanics, gravity and heat), about moving empty space and the sky at night (relativity and the structure of the universe), about lightning, lasers and nerves (electricity, optics, the brain, language and truth), and about colours, pleasure and the stars (quantum physics, nuclear physics and radioactivity). If you are interested, a separate volume tells about the search for a final, unified theory of physics.
Be fascinated by the beauty of
nature and the concepts of modern physics, from the principle of cosmic
laziness – least action – to gauge symmetry! The text guarantees to be
entertaining, surprising and challenging on every page. If you are between
the age of 16 and 106, you will enjoy it. These videos show why.
Motion Mountain is written for pupils, students, teachers and anybody
curious about nature. It has been downloaded over 160 000 times. Also the available paper edition is successful; for epub ebooks, see here. A number of younger readers liked it so
much that they decided to study physics at university. Enjoy it!
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