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.
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.
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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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.
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:
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:
- An Epub/Ebook edition of some volumes is available.
- iPad and iPhone users can read read the pdf files in the browser, or with the free Adobe Reader or with PDF Reader Pro Edition.
- On the Samsung Galaxy and the ASUS Transformer running Android 4, the pdf files can be read normally with any pdf viewer app.
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.
- French editions of the three volumes on mechanics, heat, relativity and electricity are available – as pdf and on paper – due to the fantastic effort of Benoît Clénet.
- Free Spanish, German and Italian pdf editions of special relativity are available.
- A free Russian html edition of the section on mechanics is partially available.
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Please consider a donation to the charitable, non-profit, tax-exempt publisher if you like my book:
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.
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