Sunday, October 23, 2011

Book Review: Advanced University Physics

Time for another book review, this time Mircea Rogalski and Stuart Palmer, Advanced University Physics. This book is for sale in the book store below.

This is the second edition of a book that I long found useful as a reference, but not as a textbook as there were no practice problems. In the second edition, this has been fixed and there are now ample problems, so I can recommend it as a textbook.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Goodbye to a Dear Friend

I learned today that a dear friend passed away. Hakki Ogelman was not just a colleague, he was a dear friend.  A world-renowned astrophysicist, he was responsible for my first poster presentation at a professional conference; an analysis of the time series data from a gamma-ray burst. That was way back in 1995. Hakki was in charge of the research group Compact Objects at Wisconsin (COW). Hakki suffered a debilitating stroke in the mid 1990's, but perservered. He lost a months-long battle to cancer on 4 September 2011. He passed quietly, for which I am grateful. Goodbye, old friend, I will miss you...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Been Away Again

I have been away for a couple of months. In that time my co-author on the book, Leonard Susskind, and I have been working on the final draft of our book THEORETICAL MINIMUM: Claswsical Mechanics and hope to have it done in a few weeks.

MAST is working on developing education modules for basic science.

I have had a paper on numerical modeling of the diffusion equation accepted for publication in The Mathematica Journal.

I will be working on the show The Wonders of Physics this year.

I will be doing more in the coming days.