Some Pysics Insights

Useful Links

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basic stuff
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You already know about Mathworld.  You already know about Wikipedia.  You certainly know about Google.  But I bet at least some of the sites listed here will be new to you!

Other Physics Websites

Physics World
Another amateur site, which gathers together a lot of worthwhile material on a number of aspects of physics.  There are some typographical errors but I haven't seen any errors of content -- and there is a great deal of content here.
The Quantummachine
Cesar Sirvent's site.  Cesar teaches physics in Spain, and his site includes a number of "forums" in which he is a frequent participant.
Motion Mountain
An online (downloadable) physics textbook by Christoph Schiller.  I haven't had time to dig into this but it looks interesting.  In particular, the author takes takes the approach of assuming a maximum force to develop general relativity, in an analogous fashion to the use of a maximum velocity in special relativity.
FJE Enterprises

Theory of Relativity
This site includes an online relativity text by Frederick J. Ernst.  It starts with the basics, but gets pretty hairy, and ends with a discussion of time travel via a Kerr black hole.  (This site seems to have vanished -- may have moved.)

Child Raising

Parenting in Jesus' Footsteps
Physics is fun, but for most of us, how we raise our children is ultimately more important.  If you have children -- or if you care about children -- check out this excellent site.
Boycott Blair CedarSome people seem to think think corporal punishment of children is funny.
It isn't.  Join the campaign to stop sales of "joke" paddles.

The Synoptic Problem and Related Issues

Have you ever wondered why the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are so similar, while John's gospel is so different?  Well, so have lots of other people.  It's called "The Synoptic Problem" and there is no definitive answer, and probably never will be.  However, a great deal is known about it.  The mainstream explanation postulates a lost book called "Q".  No copy of "Q" has ever been found, and, in my opinion, none never will be, because it didn't exist.  But this is one area where you must draw your own conclusions.  The links below are worthwhile places to start if this question piques your interest.

The Synoptic Problem
This is a really cogent description of the problem, with an overview of the explanations which have been proposed to date.
(The site also includes Steve Carlson's fascinating cluster analysis of the New Testament.  I no longer see a link to it on the front page, but it can still be found here.)
The Book of Enoch
Have you read the Bible?  Did you enjoy it -- were you disappointed when you got to the end, and did you wish there was more?  Well, you're in luck, because there is more -- and furthermore, if you ever wondered what Jude was talking about with his quotes from Enoch, now you can find out.  Check out the Ethiopic Book of Enoch, which was accepted as gospel by Saint Jude (and lots of other people during the first century) but which was lost to Europe and the West for many centuries.
Noncanonical Homepage
An amazing resource, with a larger collection of apocrypha and pseudepigrapha than I knew existed.  Check out the fragments of Papias (which seem to have gone offline some time in 2004, and as of 9/17/07 they're still missing -- too bad) on their Church Fathers page.  New Advent is worth a look, too, though it's rather more mainstream (no surprise there).
Five Gospels Parallels
This is a nice presentation of the parallels between the various gospels.  This site has the familiar five (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Thomas) and has also recently added the Gospel of Paul, with which I'm not familiar.  If you're interested in the synoptic problem, this is a worthwhile site to to poke around on.  Downside:  The author seems convinced of the "Q" hypothesis, which is probably false.

Software Tools

If you program, you owe it to yourself to check out TotalView, which is simply the best debugger ever created on any continent on any planet in any star system in any galaxy, now or at any time in the history of the universe!! (Oh, well, at any rate it's a really good debugger.)

Page created in 2004, and last updated on 9/17/07