Newtonian Physics

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Light and Matter, 2001 - Light - 225 pages
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This book is for life-science majors who havent learned calculus or are learning it concurrently with physics.

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This is a very enough book for pre physics of colleges

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Its really a best book for university level students. It covers the fundamentals of classical mechanics equally in theory & problems. The most important feature of this book is that it is written in fantastic & simple language.

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Page 20 - For as knowledges are now delivered, there is a kind of contract of error, between the deliverer and the receiver ; for he that delivereth knowledge, desireth to deliver it in such form as may be best believed, and not as may be best examined...
Page 25 - It may be, that there is no such thing as an equable motion, whereby time may be accurately measured. All motions may be accelerated and retarded, but the flowing of absolute time is not liable...
Page 38 - Please observe, gentlemen, how facts which at first seem improbable, will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty.
Page 23 - Absolute, true, and mathematical time, of itself, and from its own nature, flows equably without relation to anything external...
Page 17 - Given for one instant an intelligence which could comprehend all the forces by which nature is animated and the respective situation of the beings who compose it — an intelligence sufficiently vast to submit these data to analysis — it would embrace in the same formula the movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the lightest atom...
Page 47 - It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject permits and not to seek an exactness where only an approximation of the truth is possible.
Page 38 - You refer, perhaps, to that last remark of his when we asked the reason why they employed stocks, scaffolding and bracing of larger dimensions for launching a big vessel than they do for a small one; and he answered that they did this in order to avoid the danger of the ship parting under its own heavy weight, a danger to which small boats are not subject?
Page 40 - ... amounts to twenty-four square inches; now imagine this cube to be sawed through three times so as to divide it into eight smaller cubes, each one inch on the side, each face one inch square, and the total surface of each cube six square inches instead of twenty-four as in the case of the larger cube. It is evident therefore that the surface of the little cube is only one-fourth that of the larger, namely, the ratio of six to twenty-four; but the volume of the solid cube itself is only oneeighth;...
Page 38 - Yes, that is what I mean; and I refer especially to his last assertion which I have always regarded as a false, though current, opinion; namely, that in speaking of these and other similar machines one cannot argue from the small to the large, because many devices which succeed on a small scale do not work on a large scale.
Page 99 - If I have seen a little farther than others it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants," I am forced to say, "Today we stand on each other's feet".

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