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Wiley
2001-Dec-14, 11:26 PM
Hey y'all,

I came across a cool introductory physics site done by the University of Colorado, Boulder. As you may know, the number of Nobel Prize winners on the faculty increased by two this year. Wieman and Cornell (the latter's really at NIST) won for creating a Bose-Einstein condensate. The site has a nice laymen's explanation. Enjoy.

The Site (http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/index.pl)

ljbrs
2001-Dec-15, 12:21 AM
It is one of my favorites. There are a lot of toys (applets) to play with which visually explain the physics. It is set for a beginner's level, but anybody can have fun. Physics labs are great fun. On line, they are a delight.

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GrapesOfWrath
2001-Dec-15, 06:27 AM
Didn't that Einstein's Legacy (http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/einsteins_legacy.html) page set JW off once? He was upset that so many things were being attributed to Einstein.

ljbrs
2001-Dec-15, 11:38 PM
I did not see anything in *Einstein's Legacy* (PHYSICS 2000) which was erroneous about Albert Einstein. A book, *Einstein's Miraculous Year* (1905), *Five Papers Which Changed the Face of Physics* (papers by Einstein which were edited and introduced by Roger Penrose) would give the reader an understanding about ideas which led to many miraculous results, including those shown in PHYSICS 2000. I will go with the physicists in Colorado.

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GrapesOfWrath
2001-Dec-16, 01:50 AM
He was upset that it seemed Einstein was being given credit for such things as xrays and laptop computers.

ljbrs
2001-Dec-17, 12:22 AM
I do not think that Physics 2000 did that. Perhaps JW had a huge imagination... However, many of Einstein's ideas led to other results, in much the same way that previous Physics led, directly or indirectly, to Einstein's famous theory/theories. I was a late comer to this site and do not remember well the ideas that JW had. JW had a rich imagination, from what I have been led to understand. Exceedingly rich imagination...

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2001-Dec-17, 11:15 AM
On 2001-12-15 01:27, GrapesOfWrath wrote:
Didn't that Einstein's Legacy (http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/einsteins_legacy.html) page set JW off once? He was upset that so many things were being attributed to Einstein.
Physics 2000
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David Hall
2001-Dec-17, 02:11 PM
On 2001-12-17 06:15, HUb' wrote:
Physics 2000
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HUb', the Master TOC has a (javascript) link to a nonframes version, but I'm afraid it's not going to do you much good anyway. Thew whole site uses lots of Javascript applets and a good many graphics. It's not your kind of place, methinks. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

Here's the URL for the non-frames TOC though. The links all open up into new windows:

http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/index.pl?Type=TOC

Wiley
2001-Dec-17, 05:29 PM
On 2001-12-15 01:27, GrapesOfWrath wrote:
Didn't that Einstein's Legacy (http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/einsteins_legacy.html) page set JW off once? He was upset that so many things were being attributed to Einstein.


Many (scientific lay) people, including JW, forget that Einstein did a lot more than relativity. I think it could be successfully argued that Einstein's most important contribution is not relativity, but the quantum theory of light. All the items listed under Einstein's legacy follow from his 1905 paper on the photoelectric effect.

P.S. I really dig the web site's gif of Einstein with the wafting smoke.