- Primary sources
- Start from the Beginning
This is where I keep links to copies of some original publications that influence the show's content. Most of the papers are hosted at archive.org, which provides both an in-browser way to read the papers, and links to download the books directly. I've listed the publications in more-or-less chronological order, although some subjects were the result of contributions from a number of different people over a long period of time, and so it's more practical to summarize these subjects with a single consolidated publication. Thermodynamics, for example, was developed most heavily all throughout the 1800's, but I chose Enrico Fermi's 1936 textbook to serve as an overview of the subject. The dates I've listed are for the first editions of each publication, not necessarily the edition that appears in each link.
- Newtonian Mechanics: Isaac Newton's Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, 1686).
- Thermodynamics: Enrico Fermi's Thermodynamics (1936).
- Statistical Mechanics: Ludwig Boltzmann's Vorlesungen über Gastheorie (Lectures on Gas Thoery, 1896). For those of us who don't speak German, Stephen Brush has provided a 1964 English translation, although I'm having trouble finding a free version that I can link to legally. I'll get back to you when I do.
- Electricity and Magnetism: James Clerk Maxwell's A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism, Volume I and Volume II (1881).
- Relativity: Albert Einstein's Relativity: The Special and General Theory (1920).
- Quantum Mechanics: Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac's The Principles of Quantum Mechanics (1930).