Welcome to the Physics Multiverse
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Once upon a time, the universe was a giant disk on the back of four elephants on top of a giant sea turtle. Then people realized that, although it was a rather fun idea for a series of oddball English fantasies, it didn't quite fit with "observable reality". So when Newton formulated his universal theory of gravitation, people began to realize that perhaps the universe wasn't so incomprehensible after all, that given enough observation and intelligence men could find all the laws governing this vast piece of machinery.
Of course, they were just as wrong as the ancient Sumerians.
Modern physics began around the turn of the century in a rare case of historical events coinciding nicely with calander changes, with Planck's quantum theory proposed in 1900 and Einstein's special theory of relativity in 1905. Modern physics details the realization that the universe we live in is a far stranger place than we once though, and that some things are intrinsically unknowable. For many people who have struggled through Newtonian physics in high school (or not at all), modern physics is understandably rather daunting.
That's where this site is designed to help, by explaining the basic ideas of modern physics in all its various guises (relativity, quantum mechanics, artificial intelligences) in a relatively clear and concise manner, complete with illustrations for certain people who proclaim the obsolescence of the written word.
If you think I've made a mistake in my physics or in my design somewhere, or you just want to say nice things about my new and improved animated picture (117K) of a spaceship undergoing relativistic length contraction, please feel free to email me. There's a pretty fair probability I'll answer...
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