Motion Mountain

The free physics textbook

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Motion Mountain cover Motion Mountain is an entertaining and free e-book in six pdf files introducing physics – the science of motion. Explore the motion of wheels, birds, lightning, planets, light and empty space itself! Be fascinated by the beauty of nature and by the concepts of modern physics, from the principle of cosmic laziness – least action – to gauge symmetry!

The text guarantees to be entertaining and challenging on every page. If you are between the age of 16 and 106, you will enjoy it. These videos show why.

zippdf Click here for the free download of all 6 pdf volumes of the Motion Mountain Physics Textbook (new edition 26.7 of June 2014) in full colour, with embedded films and animations. This is one single zip file with 270 MB. Every page is wonderful and captivating.

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.

For a present to yourself or to others, buy a paper edition at AMAZON, CREATESPACE, or LULU.

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 200 000 times. Many readers liked it so much that they read it line by line.  

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pdf  Download volume I - FALL, FLOW AND HEAT         (90 MB).

pdf  Download volume II - RELATIVITY         (42 MB).

pdf  Download volume III - LIGHT, CHARGES AND BRAINS         (56 MB).

pdf  Download volume IV - THE QUANTUM OF CHANGE         (22 MB).

pdf  Download volume V - PLEASURE, TECHNOLOGY AND STARS         (70 MB).

pdf  Download volume VI - THE STRAND MODEL – A SPECULATION ON UNIFICATION         (16 MB).

New in this 26th edition: why mantis shrimps see so much better than humans, how to make mirrors that move almost as fast as light, new findings about birds and magnetic fields, fun with the geometric phase in optics, an introduction to rocks, and how to make finger prints visible.

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Entertaining and surprising on every page, 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).


Here are two sample pages:

Motion Mountain sample page 1    Motion Mountain sample page 2

The sixth and last volume presents, in contrast to the previous ones, a research topic; it tells about the search for a final, unified theory of physics.

Tablet reading is possible:

Prizes and rewards are offered for solving a number of challenges and for helping to improve the text. You will be mentioned in the index and in the acknowledgements.


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The proper use of your donation is controlled by the German tax authority. No profit is or has ever been made: Of the sum spent for this project so far, less than a quarter has been covered by donations.


(Creative Commons License) Motion Mountain - The Adventure of Physics, is an e-book in pdf format that is copyright © 1990-2014 by Christoph Schiller and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Germany License, with the additional restriction that reproduction, distribution or use, in whole or in part, in any product or service, be it commercial or not, is not allowed without the written consent of the copyright owner. On the other hand, this physics e-book in pdf format is free for everybody to store, read or print for personal use, and to distribute electronically, but only in unmodified form and at no charge.

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