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Motion Mountain - the adventure of physics by Christoph Schiller (vol. 1)

Motion Mountain - the adventure of physics Christoph Schiller (vol. 1)
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   This ebook is written for anybody who is curious about nature and motion. Curiosity about how people, animals, things, images and space move leads to many adventures. This volume presents the best of them in the domain of everyday life.

   Carefully observing everyday motion allows us to deduce six essential statements: everyday motion is continuous, conserved, relative, reversible, mirror-invariant – and lazy. Yes, nature is indeed lazy: in every motion, it minimizes change.This text explores how these six results are deduced and how they fit with all those observations that seem to contradict them.

   In the structure ofmodern physics, shown in Figure 1, the results on everydaymotion form themajor part of the starting point at the bottom.The present volume is the first of a six-volume overview of physics. It resulted from a threefold aim I have pursued since 1990: to present motion in a way that is simple, up to date and captivating.

   In my experience as a teacher, there was one learning method that never failed to transform unsuccessful pupils into successful ones: if you read a book for study, summarize every section you read, in your own images and words, aloud. If you are unable to do so, read the section again. Repeat this until you can clearly summarize what you read in your own images and words, aloud. You can do this alone in a room, or with friends, or while walking. If you do this with everything you read, you will reduce your learning and reading time significantly.

   A teacher likes pupils and enjoys his topic. A teacher likes to lead pupils into exploring the field he chose; his or her enthusiasmfor the job is the key to job satisfaction. If you are a teacher, at the start of every lesson, picture, feel and tell yourself your own enthusiasm for the topic of the day, and how you want to lead each of your pupils into enjoying it as much as you do. Do this exercise consciously, before every lesson. You will minimize trouble in your class and maximize your success.

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