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September 2002

Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale
Nick Huggett
Jan 2001
'... a formidable survey of current research and future possibilities in theories of convergence of particle physics and gravity theory ... recommended to ambitious undergraduate philosophy and physics students as well as graduate students ...'. P. D. Skiff, Choice
'... there is no better resource available to philosophers interested in quantum gravity than Physics Meets Philosophy at the Planck Scale ... This volume is mandatory reading for anyone interested in how quantum theory and gravity collide.' Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

Book Description
The greatest challenge in fundamental physics attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity in a theory of "quantum gravity." The project suggests a profound revision of the notions of space, time...

Ball Lightning
Paul Sagan
Mar 2004
Book Description
In BALL LIGHTNING: Paradox of Physics, Paul Sagan lists 230 unpublished cases from Oak Ridge National Laboratories. By their mysterious propulsion, navigation, confinement and flight against winds, fireballs "defy" gravity. His novel Sagan-Hill Hypothesis explains fireball propulsion (inertialess negative gravity) and also the Flatwoods event of September 12, 1952. A witness, Sagan publishes his interviews with other witnesses and speculates that machine intelligences hide inside comet belts.

Sagan explores atmospheric physics, lightning, network analysis, quantum physics, the EPR Paradox, Wolfram computation, MONDs, WIMPs, Multiverse Theory, chaoplexity, M-Theory and more.

Sagan illuminates the profound changes necessary for post-modern physics to accommodate something that is foreign to our current...

Physics Formulas (SparkCharts Science Series)
Contribution by Bernell K. Downer
September 2002
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Quantum Gravity Research Trends
Albert Reimer
Mar 2006

George Gamow
January 2003
Book Description
A distinguished physicist and teacher, George Gamow also possessed a special gift for explaining the intricacies of science. Here he takes an enlightening look at three scientists whose work unlocked many of the mysteries behind the laws of physics: Galileo, the first to examine closely the process of free and restricted fall; Newton, originator of a universal force; and Einstein, who proposed that gravity is no more than the curvature of the four-dimensional space-time continuum. Most of the book is focused on Newton's ideas, with a concluding chapter on post-Einsteinian speculations concerning the relationship between gravity and other physical phenomena. This remarkably reader-friendly volume is graced with the author's own drawings, both technical and fanciful.

Physics for Dummies
Thomas Sheahen
December 2005
Book Description
Filled with cool physics facts and real-world examples

The fun and easy way to get up to speed on the basic concepts of physics

Does thermodynamics leave you cold? Are you vexed by vectors? Does electromagnetism seem like just a lot of static? Relax! This friendly guide puts the fun back into physics fundamentals. Author Steven Holzner walks you through all the topics typically covered in Physics 101 - and throws in some wild physics facts about relativity, time travel, quantum theory, and more.

Discover how to Work with physics notation and math Measure force and energy Investigate heat, pressure, and sound Examine electricity, magnetism, and light Explore black holes, planetary rotation, and more


The Large N Expansion in Quantum Field Theory and Statistical Physics
E. Brezin
Jan 1993

Handy Physics Answer Book
P. Erik Gundersen
July 2003

Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe
Roger Penrose
February 2005
Book Review
If Albert Einstein were alive, he would have a copy of The Road to Reality on his bookshelf. So would Isaac Newton. This may be the most complete mathematical explanation of the universe yet published, and Roger Penrose richly deserves the accolades he will receive for it. That said, let us be perfectly clear: this is not an easy book to read. The number of people in the world who can understand everything in it could probably take a taxi together to Penrose's next lecture. Still, math-friendly readers looking for a substantial and possibly even thrillingly difficult intellectual experience should pick up a copy (carefully--it's over a thousand pages long and weighs nearly 4 pounds) and start at the beginning, where Penrose sets out his purpose: to describe "the search for the underlying principles that govern the behavior...

Three Roads to Quantum Gravity
Lee Smolin
July 2002
Book Review
It's difficult, writes Lee Smolin in this lucid overview of modern physics, to talk meaningfully about the big questions of space and time, given the limitations of our technology and perceptions.

It's more difficult still given some of the contradictions and inconsistencies that obtain between quantum theory, which "was invented to explain why atoms are stable and do not instantly fall apart" but has little to say about space and time, and general relatively theory, which has everything to say about the big picture but tends to collapse when describing the behavior of atoms and their even smaller constituents. Whence the hero of Smolin's tale, the as-yet-incomplete quantum theory of gravity, which seeks to unify relativity and quantum theory--and, in the bargain, to move toward a "grand theory of everything." Smolin...

Physics and the Art of Dance: Understanding Movement
Kenneth Laws
June 2005
Textbook Paperback
Book Description
Written by a physicist with professional dance training, Physics and the Art of Dance explains how dancers can achieve better, safer performances through an understanding of physics in motion. Using simple, non-technical terms, Kenneth Laws combines his knowledge of both physics and dance to
describe how the laws of gravity, momentum, and energy affect dancing bodies. The book explores the natural laws that govern the subtleties of balance, the techniques of leaps and pirouettes, and the impressive lifts and turns executed by ballet partners. Finally, Laws offers insight into two
current discussions in the dance world--the effect of body size on ballet technique, and the relationship between science and the art of dance.

Beautiful, original stop-action photographs by Martha Swope, along with clear...

Final Theory: Rethinking Our Scientific Legacy
Mark McCutcheon
December 2002
Chris Benfield, Science Writer, Yorkshire Post, January 2, 2004
"Mark McCutcheon must be a candidate for most ambitious amateur scientist of 2003." ... "My favorite science theory of the year."

Sheila O'Connor, American Markets Newsletter, Feb. 2004 issue
Sheds a new light of understanding on today's mysterious theories and beliefs. A fascinating book!

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Everything┬┐ Kids' Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity--Challenge the World around You!
Tom Mark Robinson
November 2001
Book Description
Science has never been so easy - or so much fun! With The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book, all you need to do is gather a few household items and you can recreate dozens of mind-blowing, kid-tested science experiments. High school science teach Tom Robinson shows you how to expand your scientific horizons - from biology to chemistry to physics to outer space. You'll discover answers to questions like: Is it possible to blow up a balloon without actually blowing into it? What is inside coins? Can a magnet ever be "turned off"? Do toilets always flush in the same direction? Can a swimming pool be cleaned with just the breath of one person? Get ready to enter the laboratory and learn how to conduct cool experiments, understand scientific terms like "photosynthesis," and know fun facts like how many latex...

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