The volumes of the 2021 edition - a pretty present by the way - tell about the race to make images floating in mid-air with lasers, tell about the sound of falling batteries, tell about how to measure images on the eye's retina in living humans, tell about the sounds deep inside the Earth, show the possibilities of very long baseline interferometry for testing general relativity, includes the new definition of the kilogram and the other SI units, lists the effects of weightlessness on cosmonauts, show how to multiply with fingers, explain how physics helps with basketball, and present many other stunning images, facts and stories about motion of things, shadows, light, stars, planets, black holes and quantum particles.
Find 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. Enjoy many wonderful puzzles about nature. Read about the great advances in our understanding of the processes that surround us. Learn how the story of the universe shapes our night sky, the Sun, our landscape, our bodies and all the atoms that make it up. Find interesting experiments to repeat. Explore the power of the concepts that are used in physics.
If you are between the age of 16 and 106, you will enjoy reading this physics book. These videos show why. Whether you explore physics at school, university, college, whether you learn or teach, or whether you are just curious about physics, you will enjoy the textbook. If you want more motivation and an even longer overview of the wonderful stories and adventures that await you, read this section.
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Motion Mountain is written for pupils, students, teachers and anybody curious about nature: the text is full of telling anecdotes, captivating riddles, unusual tables, astonishing photographs and beautiful films. It has been downloaded over 400 000 times.
Entertaining and surprising on every page, the five pdf files tell about
- Sport, raindrops and animal life: mechanics, gravity and heat,
- Moving empty space and the sky at night: relativity and the structure of the universe,
- Lightning, lasers and nerves: electricity, optics, the brain, language and truth,
- Colours and the quantum of change: quantum physics and light quanta.
- Pleasure and the stars: biophysics, nuclear physics and radioactivity.
Fun and fascination differ. Though fun facts in the book, the main aim is to purvey the fascination of physics. The book tries to make the reader discover that precise observation, description and thinking is worth it. Nature is beautiful and full of riddles and wonders. Talking with precision is important. Distinguishing truth, mistakes and lies, the possible and the impossible, the thinkable and the unthinkable, is useful in many aspects of life.
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