Evolving a coherent understanding of physics.

List of original chapters : full text

I: The rise of the mechanical view:

  • The great mystery story
  • The first clue
  • Vectors
  • The riddle of motion
  • One clue remains
  • Is heat a substance?
  • The roller-coster
  • The rate of exchange
  • The philosophical background
  • The kinetic theory of matter

II: The decline of the mechanical view:

  • The two electric fluids
  • The magnetic fluids
  • The first serious difficulty
  • The velocity of light
  • Light as a substance
  • The riddle of color
  • That is a wave?
  • The wave theory of light
  • Longitudinal or transverse light waves?
  • Ether and the mechanical view

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