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Christoph Schiller, the author of the Motion Mountain Textbook, was born in 1960 and is of Italian, German and European heritage. He is married and has two children. Raised bilingually in Varese (Italy), he studied physics at the Universität Stuttgart (Germany) and received his PhD in physics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), in the department of Ilya Prigogine, supported by a Grant of the Volkswagenstiftung and one of the European Union. He has also lived in Switzerland, the UK, France, Japan and the Netherlands. His Erdős number is 5, and so is his Einstein number – typical numbers for a physicist of his age. His publications and preprints are found on this site, on ResearchGate and on Google Scholar. He tweets at https://twitter.com/PhysicsFree and toots at https://mastodon.social/@MotionMountain.
As a physicist, Christoph Schiller is known for three reasons.
1. His freely downloadable Motion Mountain Physics Textbook makes physics simple and captivating. This book series grew from his fascination for nature, his drive to understand everything that moves, and his passion to write about it. It is downloaded many 10 000 times a year. He likes to summarize the book series and all of physics in 9 lines. The summary of thermodynamics in one single line using the principle of smallest system entropy appeared to be new and led to a publication with Uwe Hohm.
2. While writing, in the years leading to 2003, he formulated and published in his textbook and then in an arxiv preprint the principle of maximum force; it states that general relativity is a consequence of nature's limit force value c4/4G. The principle, discovered independently also by Gary Gibbons, is becoming a topic in an increasing number of publications. He also won a small award for a paper explaining the topic with his colleagues Arun Kenath and C. Sivaram. See his publication list on the maximum force at motionmountain.net/maximumforce.html#pp.
3. Maximum force led to his latest pastime, the strand conjecture, which is presented on the research page. The strand conjecture, in the meantime the strand tangle model, summarizes all of physics in 1 line: crossing switches of fluctuating strands with Planck radius define the quantum of action. This fundamental principle contains relativity, gravity and gauge interactions, determines the observed elementary particles, fixes the fundamental constants to unique values, and uniquely deduces the Lagrangians of general relativity and of the standard model of particle physics. The tangle model builds on his discovery that the gauge groups U(1), SU(2) and SU(3) are related to the three Reidemeister moves. So far, all tests and all predictions of the strand tangle model agree with the data. See his strand publication list at motionmountain.net/research.html.
As an innovator, Christoph Schiller grows high-tech businesses by transforming physics and technology into products and jobs. He also writes and talks about how experience with physics improves innovation management and risk management. Similarly, he likes to tell how experience with customers and companies helps to improve teaching and to improve research.
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