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Issues and suggestions about volumes 1 to 5:Christoph, compare your text with these two books:
http://www.pro-physik.de/details/rezension/6730541/Thermodynamik_-_Vom_Tautropfen_zum_Solarkraftwerk.htmlChris, add this: http://backreaction.blogspot.de/2015/04/a-wonderful-100th-anniversary-gift-for.html
Add Kelvin's conjecture / problem
Add the honeycomb problem and its 3d equivalent
Add the difference between men's and women's knees
Add the exoskeleton without energy source that makes walking easier
Add all videos from the website in the text
Add Nemiroff's paper (April 2015) about spot pairs on the Moon; put the pocket light/tachyon left/right issue back in.
Add Fermat's point and Steiner's point problems
See also the points to be added that are listed here: http://www.motionmountain.net/project.html#pla
Volume 4 and 5 are too "homeopathic" (reddit, summer 2016).
Issues, criticism and suggestions about volume 6, on the strand model:
Explain the appearance of lambda_8 in lambda_i^2 with words (May 2015).
Provide clearer illustrations for the 8 gluons.
Plan for volume I:
- Add, in the Earth segment image, the arrows for convection in mantle
and liquid core
- Growth and order: add their effects: symmetry, chaos, oscillations; add
their limits; add sensors; add applications such as semiconductors (M.
- Add medical technologies
- Add more magic tricks
- Add flip-film from vol. 1, p. 24ff as animated graphics in the appendix
- Add flip-film from vol. 1, p. 195ff as animated graphics in the appendix
Plan for volume III:
- Add acousto-optical imaging
Plan for volume IV:
- Add more machines, animals, experiments & photos
Plan for volume V:
- Maybe rewrite particle section starting with Lagrangian
- Add how to ensure fitness (wiki sugg.)
- Add first aid and medical equipment functioning (wiki sugg.)
- Add bombs, explosives, ABC weapons (wiki sugg.)
- Add more on chemistry
- Add ion milling, ion beam physics
- Add more on semiconductors
- Explain caesium clock working / add CSEM atomic clock
- Add the Mössbauer effect
- Add more topics on power generation by chemical means
- Add polarizability curve of matter from 10^8 to 10^18 Hz
- Introduce UV / VIS / IR spectroscopy
- Explain single molecule FRET
- Explain NMR and ESR, explain pulse sequences in laser spectroscopy
- Add mass spectroscopy, MALD-TOF, ESI
- Add crystallography, X-ray, neutrons
- Add inelastic electron scattering (for biomolecules)
- Explain metal conductivity; by HD
- Explain superconductivity
- Add explanation on artificial eggs, artificial tomato, artificial
- Mention Piotr Kapitsa, Lev Landau, Alexander Polyakov
- Include input from the chapters on cosmic rays of particle data group
- More nuclear physics, nuclear droplet and other nuclear models, check
with the Springer books
Plan for volume VI:
- Clarify lepton tangles
- Make SU(3) figures with Blender
- Calculate fine structure constant and other fundamental constants
Plan for other improvements:
- Check Hubble constant and other universe's parameters in the tables.
- Decide whether to change to the 8x10 inch format also for the black and
white edition. (Issues: corner films, new ISBN, no Lulu.)
- Reduce pdf size by removing the photoshop/illustrator
metadata. Either pre-process the ps files before distilling with awk/perl or
use the commercial application 'pdf enhancer'. Saves 14.1MB (CS: I need a way
to do this on the mac, offline, for all files in my image directory; just let
me know how to do it, while keeping the original eps files editable with
- Convert all videos to one common codec. Use h.264 in
case that by the time of the next book release Windows Media Player ships out
of the box with this codec. Should save an additional 7MB & ensure future
compatibility and playability across platforms - once all major platforms come
with this codec. (The best way is with Avidemux. Download it from
http://avidemux.berlios.de/download.html, drop your file in it, in the left
column change video to MPEG-4 AVC (another name for H.264) audio to AAC and
format to MP4, then save the new file.)