Preface

Author biography

Acknowledgements

1 Newtonian
mechanics

1.1 Overview

1.1.1 Newton’s
first law

1.1.2 Newton’s
second law

1.1.3 Newton’s
third law

1.1.4 Linear
momentum

1.1.5 Energy

1.1.6 This is all
wrong!

1.2 Newton’s laws
misunderstood

1.3 Air drag

1.4 Gravity and
Kepler’s laws

1.5 Physics of
everyday life

1.6 Accelerated
frames and fictitious forces

1.7 Wagers,
arguments and disagreements

1.8 These are a
few of my favorite things

2 Special
relativity

2.1 Overview

2.2 Newtonian
mechanics is wrong

2.3 Relativity of
time, time dilation

2.4 Relativity of
length, length contraction

2.5 The twin
paradox

2.6 How things
look, how things are

2.7 Linear
momentum, force, energy

2.8 The universal
speed limit

2.9 Energy from
mass, mass from energy

2.10 These are a
few of my favorite things

3 General
relativity

3.1 Overview

3.2 Examples

4 Wacky questions:
sci-fi, super heroes, computer games, fantastic weapons, etc

4.1 Wacky
questions

5 Epilogue

5.1 Ask the
psychic

5.2 Off-the-wall
hall of fame

Appendices

A Energy

A1.1 Work-energy
theorem in Newtonian mechanics

A1.2 Potential
energy

A1.3 Energy in
special relativity

B Approximations
in Kepler’s laws

C Rotational
physics

D Centripetal
acceleration

E Friction

F The constants of
electricity and magnetism

G Galilean and
Lorentz transformations