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    The mother of all physics texts, under development for 25 years, is available in a new, 2017 edition. Downloadable free:


    A single, 400Mb download:
    http://www.motionmountain.net/MM.zip

    Individual downloads for each of the 6 volumes can be found on this page:
    http://www.motionmountain.net/


    A history of the project can be found here:
    http://www.motionmountain.net/project.html
    Last edited by tlfamm; 02-22-2017, 10:28 AM.

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    Thanks.. JR
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    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tlfamm View Post
      The mother of all physics texts, under development for 25 years, is available in a new, 2017 edition. Downloadable free:


      A single, 400Mb download:
      http://www.motionmountain.net/MM.zip

      Individual downloads for each of the 6 volumes can be found on this page:
      http://www.motionmountain.net/


      A history of the project can be found here:
      http://www.motionmountain.net/project.html
      I highly recommend the Feynman Lectures instead:

      http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tomato coupe View Post
        I highly recommend the Feynman Lectures instead:

        http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/
        I have the Feynman Lectures, volumes 1 & 2. Why do you recommend these over the Motion Mountain project?
        Allan Ostling

        Phoenix, Arizona

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        • #5
          Originally posted by aostling View Post
          I have the Feynman Lectures, volumes 1 & 2. Why do you recommend these over the Motion Mountain project?
          Feynman was very good at explaining concepts, and then tying them to the real world. I think his lectures are pretty well organized.

          I downloaded one volume of the Motion Mountain text, and read about a dozen pages. I noticed errors in many of the paragraphs, and some truly bizarre sections:

          "Trees have a special relation to electricity. When a tree is cut, a viscous resin appears. With time it solidifies and, after millions of years, it forms amber. When amber is rubbed with a cat fur, it acquires the ability to attract small objects, such as saw dust or pieces of paper."

          Okaaay .... I guess that means cats also have a special relation to electricity. (Unless, of course, the breed is a Sphynx.)

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          • #6
            I see what you mean.

            I confess to knowing nothing about the Motion Mountain project. I hope most of the sections are better than the one you quote.
            Allan Ostling

            Phoenix, Arizona

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            • #7
              Will have a look a MM. The Feynman lectures are excellent. I also have a full set of the mechanical engineering lectures by Alexander Slocum from MIT. Unfortunately, last I checked they are no longer available.
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              • #8
                Under development for 25 years. Doesn't that mean that all the earlier stuff is now out of date so won't they need top update and revise it. Maybe in another 25 years.................
                The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

                Bluewater Model Engineering Society at https://sites.google.com/site/bluewatermes/

                Southwestern Ontario. Canada

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                • #9
                  Yeah... read the "Motion Mountain" text with caution. The author is a bit of a crackpot and, although the basics are there, they are interlaced with his own "strand theory" and personal bias. (He even purports to explain emotion through quantum mechanics). There are MUCH better free texts out there. Also, many top-notch universities are now offering free online courses and video lectures to the general public.

                  E.g. https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/

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                  • #10
                    He even purports to explain emotion through quantum mechanics
                    That particular part is very much in the "news" these days in anything to do with brain research. Not just emotion but the way our brains operate in general. It isn't a goofy idea either. There are a lot of doubters but the ideas just won't go away. It makes too much sense.

                    https://www.newscientist.com/article...lity-to-think/

                    Physicist Roger Penrose, of the University of Oxford, and anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff, of the University of Arizona, propose that the brain acts as a quantum computer
                    http://www.livescience.com/37807-bra...-computer.html
                    Last edited by Evan; 02-23-2017, 12:25 PM.
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                    • #11
                      He even purports to explain emotion through quantum mechanics
                      Originally posted by Evan View Post
                      That particular part is very much in the "news" these days in anything to do with brain research. Not just emotion but the way our brains operate in general. It isn't a goofy idea either. There are a lot of doubters but the ideas just won't go away. It makes too much sense.
                      I'm definitely a believer. In fact, every time I read an article about it I go into a superposition of two quantum states -- one that wants to laugh, and one that wants to cry.

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                      • #12
                        What amazes me is to do with the work I am doing. The "clock speed" of the brain is far higher than we realized. Significant events take place in a few milliseconds and that is constant across the entire brain at once. The entire brain will frequently suddenly synchronize in just a few ms. How the heck does that happen? It doesn't fit very well with the usual theories of neural communication.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tomato coupe View Post
                          I go into a superposition of two quantum states -- one that wants to laugh, and one that wants to cry.
                          But we don't know which, until we open the box...
                          Location: North Central Texas

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                          • #14
                            OK so whose head do we crack open.
                            The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

                            Bluewater Model Engineering Society at https://sites.google.com/site/bluewatermes/

                            Southwestern Ontario. Canada

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by loose nut View Post
                              OK so whose head do we crack open.
                              No need to crack anything. You just need somebody with an open mind.

                              George

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