The onset of summer is no excuse to stop learning. In this year’s session, we will address Quantum Physics. Be here each Monday morning through July and August for a new lesson in the nine part series, covering graduate level physics concepts with grade school math, or no math at all. The first lesson: Classical Thinking: Why Does It Fail? Thanks go out to my proofreaders: Gord Haverland, Maurice Hilarius, Bonnie Hogg, Claire MacDonald, Rob MacDonald, Neil Pritchard and Anthony Stauffer. Thanks also go to Stacey Keeler, the artist who created the spiffy new category icon you see here. Complete syllabus below.
Our first full Summer School term launches next Monday, with a virtually math-free course in University level Quantum Mechanics delivered over every Monday in July and August. In the meantime, here’s our shortest teaching tidbit yet: an alternative means of interpreting the Ideal Gas Law.
Many moons ago, I mentioned that I’d be doing a talk about the LHC for local high schools, and offered to post the core of that talk for anyone to access. I’ve finally done so. If you’re interested in a “nutshell” discussion of the LHC aimed at high school physics students, you can find the contents here.
Yet another textbook review, destined to be one of our least viewed articles. We’ve got one request for a review of a Modern Algebra textbook, which should come early this summer. (That one’s an 800 page monster.) If there are other areas of math and physics that interest you, let me know. I’ve probably got a text on the subject, and I’ll add it to the list.
In the first textbook review by request of a reader, I’ve got Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein. Is the original text still worth your time? Read on to find out, or post a comment to speak your piece about this or any other text on the subject.
Here’s the first Bureau 42 textbook review, and it’s about a textbook covering introductory particle physics. If you want to see more textbook reviews on more subjects, let us know in the comments below. Between the three of us, we’ve probably got a lot of subjects covered.