Physics One

It was August 20,2020

Yes, it was a 20-20-20 day.

Physics One is now for sale, paperback, for under $20. For the last year and a third I’ve been working on physics writing, notably Physics One and a review volume on computer simulations of polymer dynamics, so the gears have to shift a bit before the pace picks up.

I am also working on a volume listing of board games on military matters. It has some time to go.

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Stand Against the Light–Now with Cover

I have the cover for Stand Against the Light — Now all I need is the other half or so of the text. However, the words have started to flow again, 1500 of them today. The ten months I took off to write a Freshman Physics text have my mind running in other directions.

Cover by the great Brad Fraunfelter!

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October 23, 2020

I am making slow progress on Stand Against the Light and on Anglic Union Astrographic Service, and slight progress on ‘All the World’s Board Wargames’.

At this time of year, gardens are very busy: plant bulbs, cut down everything that will soon die, put down topsoil. I’ve already done ‘prune large bushes and trees.

A recent piece from Stand Against the Light

“Then I really need to talk to the vrijn again,” Eclipse said.  “I’m in way over my head now.  Arresting criminals.  Stopping people with weird weapons?  I was taught to do that, if I had to.  But these people…their defenses against gifts are unnatural.  You hit them with a plasma torch, whatever, and the attack doesn’t bounce.  It just fades out of existence in midair.”

“There’s the path down to my lake,” Pickering said. “Most of the way down, you noticed it yesterday, on one side there’s that park bench under the chestnut tree.  You sit down, your left  arm on a handrail, and wait.  They sometimes take a bit to show up.”

“Thanks,” she said. “I’d better get moving.” She pushed  herself to her feet and staggered down the front stairs.

Pickering shook his head.  Poor kid, he thought, having all this responsibility dumped on her, not to mention having to be point in combat.  It would be great if Washington took over the load, but when you get down to it, they can’t.  We’re facing threats completely beyond our imagination, let alone our weapons.  And all I can do is provide moral support.

The park bench was much as Eclipse had remembered it. She distantly noted that it was welded to posts coming out of its cement foundation.  That counted as a change; before their trip, it might well have rested on a cement pad, but not with  the massive fasteners. She sat on the bench, leaned back, and closed her eyes.  She was just so tired.

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October 16, 2020

Stand Against the Light spent some time being refractory, but I’ve overcome that obstacle. The manuscript is currently at 70,000 or so words, so it is perhaps half-done. It might be finished by the end of the year. I also made some progress on the physics paper, which will need very careful wording because it is quite radical in some ways.

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Kidnapped! — an Adara Tale

Kidnapped! has been sent off to Fantastic Schools as a Submission for their Volume 3.

Progress was made on the literature search for a technical paper “An Alternative to Quantum Gravity’

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September 10, 2020 — New Writing Sequence

I decided I will finish Eclipse novels 3 and 4 before I finish Practical Exercise and Academician, the Adara Triskittenion background novels. There are 80,000 words of Eclipse 3 — Stand Against the Light — available, so it will finish sooner.
In addition, the two Adara novels are mostly about university life at a legitimate academic institution, not about combat, so some readers will find segments of them to be painfully boring.

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Current Status September 7, 2020

Practical Exercise is up to 50,000 words, round number.
Tales of the Anglic Union Astrographic Service is up to 30,000 words.
The Merchant Adventurers is up to 49,000 words.

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August 20, 2020

I have shifted over to working on the first Adara’s Tale novel Practical Exercise. I just passed 38,000 words, so the book is likely about a quarter of the way to completion. The volume could be said to be ‘student at a magical academy’, but there is almost no similarity between Dorrance Academy and various well-known recent examples. Dorrance more closely resembles an American upper-class and graduate school, with a focus on STEM-equivalent majors.

However, here is the cover to Practical Exercise, by the immortal Brad Fraunfelter.

I just finished a year and a half of work to finish Physics One and get about 70,000 LaTeX words into my review volume on computer simulations of polymer dynamics. At the moment I am shifting gears from writing physics in LaTeX to writing fiction.

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Physics One is for Sale

The $19.99 freshman mechanics text.

About the Cover

The two gentlemen on the cover are Isaac Newton (1642-1746) and Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839-1903), the two greatest scientific geniuses of the Second Millennium.

Isaac Newton, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, created the differential calculus, Newtonian mechanics, and explained the motions of the planets, as revealed in his book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. He made major contributions to our understanding of light, color, and the motion of fluids, and made other substantial contributions to mathematics. His attempts to reform our understanding of classical alchemy were less successful; his studies of biblical chronology and theology he wisely left unpublished.

Josiah Willard Gibbs, Professor of Mathematical Physics at Yale University, was a quiet, private man, who left behind few records for erstwhile bibliographers. We may contrast with Newton, whose manuscript writings total perhaps ten million words. Gibbs took the laws of thermodynamics that governed steam engines, and wrote down in one vast two-part paper of 300 pages and 700 equations much of modern chemical thermodynamics. He then created modern vector calculus. A series of his papers on physical optics showed that those phenomena were explained by Maxwell’s equations, validating Maxwell’s theory of electrodynamics. Langley consulted with him on aircraft design. Finally, his 1902 volume Elementary Principles in Statistical Mechanics set down from first principles the science of statistical mechanics in its modern classical form.

This the Alpha Edition of Physics One. While considerable effort has been invested in eliminating typographic errors, incorrect historical observations, and the like, one of the reasons this book costs \$20 or so rather than \$300 is that I am not backed by a huge staff of proofreaders, editors, etc. Errors doubtless remain. If you find any, please advise at I anticipate by and by releasing a Beta edition, hopefully with fewer errors.

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Physics One in Prepublication

Physics One, The Alpha Edition, is now being reviewed by Amazon for publication. They do a pass-through, then I get the paper galley proofs, and soon thereafter the book is published.

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