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Free PDF physics book

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This looks good:

This is not your father’s physics textbook. It is the self-published 1,500-page (!!), still-unfinished physics textbook written and designed by your polymath genius uncle who dwells on a mountain with the spirits of departed philosophers (whom he quotes, in German). It’s what a physics textbook would be like if a poet wrote it and made no mistakes. The book is massively visual. There is minimal math. It’s a textbook with soul.

The guiding metaphor of Motion Moutain, and thus its name, is to frame physics as varieties of motion and change. When it gets to quantum mechanics it considers this in almost Taoist terms, as the “smallest change.”

This textbook is a work of art. Unlike standard texts, it is an enthusiastically personal masterpiece, yet still has exercise problems for students to practice. It sprawls across topics you won’t find in any other physics textbook: semantics, lying, color theory, the physics of pleasure. In many ways it reminds me of Godel, Escher, Bach in its witty brilliance, stupendous range, and self-designed idiosyncrasies. Motion Moutain is an amazing portrait of the physical world as flux. It has the power to equip you with the intellectual tools to work with, and love, this flux. Studying it is an adventure in understanding.

Best of all, it is a free PDF book. A PDF means that it is hyperlinked to footnotes and intensely cross-referenced. And it is easily searchable. Every student — anywhere — can download a copy. — KK

Motion Mountain: An Adventure in Physics
By Christoph Schiller
2007, 1498 pages; Free; Available at Motion Mountain

Sample excerpt:

Why do change and motion exist?
How does a rainbow form?
What is the most fantastic voyage possible?
Is ’empty space’ really empty?
How can one levitate things?
At what distance between two points does it become
impossible to find room for a third one in between?
What does ‘quantum’ mean?
Which problems in physics are unsolved?

More excerpts at the link.

Written by Leisureguy

4 January 2008 at 10:48 am

Posted in Books, Daily life, Science

6 Responses

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  1. would you please send me Text boos for elementary physics
    for my own study


    Loenard Pius

    19 December 2010 at 4:53 am

  2. Use the link in the post.



    19 December 2010 at 6:16 am

  3. would you send me this book (physiscs for you )book



    21 January 2012 at 8:25 am

  4. Please use the link in the post.



    21 January 2012 at 8:41 am

  5. please send me a copy of “motion mountain” on my email id



    12 June 2012 at 11:44 pm

  6. You can get the copy from the link in the post. That’s why I included the link.



    13 June 2012 at 5:03 am

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