Physics World

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality - Einstein - 1921

Purpose of this Website

Hello. My name is Pete. I have an interest in physics as well as other branches of science. I created this web page during the time I first started discussing physics online. I found it very difficult to discuss certain topics precisely since the language of physics is mathematics and sending math symbols over the internet in e-mail and newsgroups can't be done to date except in a few simple cases. So I started to write web pages with the math and diagrams that I needed and e-mailed the URL to the person I was discussing something with. The number of pages grew and grew and I decided to organize them into the web-site that you're currently reading. 

Learning Physics

  1. Geometrical Mathematics for GR 
  2. Analytical Mechanics
  3. Classical Mechanics
  4. Quantum Mechanics
  5. Electrodynamics
  6. Special Relativity
  7. General Relativity
  8. Glossary of Terms

Articles I Wrote: These are non-published articles on special and general relativity that I wrote and placed on this web page. They were all reviewed by relativists who are well known in their field.

  1. On the concept of mass in relativity
  2. A simple derivation of E = mc2
  3. Einstein's gravitational field

Abstract List of Journal Articles - Abstracts from a select set of articles of interest in special relativity, general relativity quantum mechanics etc. If you see an article you'd like to read then e-mail me and I will e-mail the article to you in PDF format.

Area 51 - Is all the nonsense about this base a result of fraud?

Religion - Various topics about religion.

Favorite Quotes - My favorite quotes from Eddington, Einstein, etc.

Philosophical Concepts - Quotes from Einstein regarding physical concepts.

Mass Articles - A list of articles on the concept of mass in relativity.

Relativistic Mass - A list of quotations from relativity text books and links to articles which discuss/utilize relativistic mass.

Falling Charge - A list of papers that discusses the relattivistic phenomena of a charged particle in free-fall ad at rest in a gravitational field.

What is Science - The following statement was originally drafted by the Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) of the American Physical Society, in an attempt to meet the perceived need for a very short statement that would differentiate science from pseudoscience. Am. J. Phys. 67 (8), August 1999

Free Online Notes and Articles of Interest

  1. Introduction to Tensor Calculus and Continuum Mechanics - John H. Heinbockel, Old Dominion University
  2. Relativity and Electrodynamics - Dr. Nigel Cooper, University of Cambridge
  3. Applications of Classical Physics - Roger D. Blandford and Kip S. Thorne
  4. Mechanics and Special Relativity - David Morin, Harvard University
  5. Special Relativity - Anne Green, University of Sydney
  6. Lecture Notes on General Relativity - Sean M. Carroll, University of Chicago
  7. General Relativity - Edmund Bertschinger, MIT
  8. Exploring Black Holes - Edwin F. Taylor, John A. Wheeler
  9. Physical Concepts - Quotes by Einstein on the idea of Physical Concepts.
  10. Philosophy and Logic of Physical Theory by Fritz Rohrlich
  11. Historical roots of gauge invariance - J.D. Jackson (LBNL), Lev B. Okun (ITEP)
  12. From Lorenz to Coulomb and other explicit gauge transformations - J.D. Jackson (LBNL)
  13. Cosmological Dynamics - Edmund Bertschinger, MIT

Favorite Links

  1. Einstein Archives Online
  2. Edwin F. Taylor's Home Page
  3. Edmund Bertschinger's General Relativity Course
  4. American Journal of Physics: Search All Issues

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