All volumes of the free physics textbook are written to entertain pupils, students, teachers and everybody who is curious about the world of motion. The first five volumes present established physics. In contrast, the sixth volume is, as the title explains, a research text.
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Download volume I (64 MB) | FALL, FLOW AND HEAT | |
1 | Why should we care about motion? | 15 |
2 | From motion measurement to continuity | 33 |
3 | How to describe motion – kinematics | 72 |
4 | From objects and images to conservation | 90 |
5 | From the rotation of the Earth to the relativity of motion | 123 |
6 | Motion due to gravitation | 151 |
7 | Classical mechanics and the predictability of motion | 195 |
8 | Measuring change with action | 213 |
9 | Motion and symmetry | 229 |
10 | Simple motions of extended bodies – oscillations and waves | 248 |
11 | Do extended bodies exist? – Limits of continuity | 283 |
12 | Fluids and their motion | 301 |
13 | From heat to time-invariance | 319 |
14 | Self-organization and chaos - the simplicity of complexity | 348 |
15 | From the limitations of physics to the limits of motion | 366 |
Appendix A | Notation and conventions | 372 |
Appendix B | Units, measurements and constants | 383 |
Appendix C | Sources of information of motion | 398 |
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Download volume II (40 MB) | RELATIVITY | |
1 | Maximum speed, observers at rest, and motion of light | 14 |
2 | Relativistic mechanics | 59 |
3 | Special relativity in four sentences | 95 |
4 | Simple general relativity: gravitation, maximum speed and maximum force | 97 |
5 | How maximum speed changes space, time and gravity | 124 |
6 | Open orbits, bent light and wobbling vacuum | 147 |
7 | From curvature to motion | 170 |
8 | Why can we see the stars? - Motion in the universe | 194 |
9 | Black holes - falling forever | 240 |
10 | Does space differ from time? | 258 |
11 | General relativity in a nutshell - a summary for the layman | 265 |
Appendix A | Units, measurements and constants | 272 |
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Download volume III (50 MB) | LIGHT, CHARGES AND BRAINS | |
1 | Liquid electricity, invisible fields and maximum speed | 14 |
2 | The description of electromagnetic field evolution | 69 |
3 | What is light? | 88 |
4 | Images and the eye - optics | 122 |
5 | Electromagnetic effects | 168 |
6 | Summary and limits of classical electrodynamics | 192 |
7 | The story of the brain | 198 |
8 | Thought and language | 217 |
9 | Concepts, lies and patterns of nature | 238 |
10 | Classical physics in a nutshell | 279 |
Appendix A | Units, measurements and constants | 286 |
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Download volume IV (22 MB) | THE QUANTUM OF CHANGE | |
1 | Minimum action - quantum theory for poets | 13 |
2 | Light - the strange consequences of the quantum of action | 35 |
3 | Motion of matter - beyond classical physics | 60 |
4 | The quantum description of matter and its motion | 74 |
5 | Permutation of particles - Are particles like gloves? | 94 |
6 | Rotations and statistics - visualising spin | 105 |
7 | Superpositions and probabilities - quantum theory without ideology | 120 |
4 | Colours and other interactions between light and matter | 145 |
8 | Quantum physics in a nutshell | 169 |
Appendix A | Units, measurements and constants | 175 |
Appendix B | Numbers and vector spaces | 192 |
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Download volume V (70 MB) | PLEASURE, TECHNOLOGY AND STARS | |
1 | Motion for enjoying life | 14 |
2 | Changing the world with quantum theory | 44 |
3 | Quantum electrodynamics - the origin of virtual reality | 81 |
4 | Quantum mechanics with gravitation - the first approach | 98 |
5 | The structure of the nucleus - the densest clouds | 118 |
6 | The sun, stars and the birth of matter | 147 |
7 | The strong interaction | 156 |
8 | The weak nuclear interaction and the handedness of nature | 175 |
9 | The standard model of elementary particle physics - as seen on television | 190 |
10 | Dreams of unification | 195 |
11 | Bacteria, flies and knots | 203 |
12 | Quantum physics in a nutshell – again | 232 |
Appendix A | Units, measurements and constants | 246 |
Appendix B | Composite particle properties | 260 |
Appendix C | Space, algebras and shapes | 276 |
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Download volume VI (16MB) | THE STRAND MODEL – A SPECULATION ON UNIFICATION | |
1 | From millennium physics to unification – the open issues of fundamental physics | 16 |
2 | Physics in limit statements – simplifying physics as much as possible | 24 |
3 | General relativity versus quantum theory – their contradictions and our quest | 52 |
4 | Does matter differ from vacuum? Not always – first requirements for any final theory | 59 |
5 | What is the difference between the universe and nothing? – More requirements for any final theory | 84 |
6 | The shape of points – extension in nature – an essential requirement for any final theory | 108 |
7 | The basis of the strand model – and the full list of requirements for any final theory | 138 |
8 | Quantum theory of matter deduced from strands | 160 |
9 | The three gauge interactions deduced from strands | 207 |
10 | General relativity deduced from strands | 260 |
11 | The particle spectrum deduced from strands – and the lack of new physics | 289 |
12 | Particle properties deduced from strands – and all predictions of the strand model | 329 |
13 | The top of the mountain – the beauty and some new sights | 366 |
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