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The Birth of the Electron

Nineteenth-century physicists spent a lot of time trying to come up with wild, random ways to play with electricity. The best experiments of this kind…

Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno

This article [Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno] was originally published in The Public Domain Review [https://publicdomainreview.org/2011/01/31/christopher-smarts-jubilate-agno/] under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. If you wish to…

The Many Lives of the Medieval Wound Man

This article [The Many Lives of the Medieval Wound Man] was originally published in The Public Domain Review [http://publicdomainreview.org/2016/12/07/the-many-lives-of-the-medieval-wound-man/] under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0.…

The Quest for the Atomic Force

“Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?” – Victor Hugo His father died during his mother’s pregnancy.…

Wave Motion

There are three main ways in which wave motion differs from the motion of objects made of matter. Superposition The most profound difference is that…

Dark Energy

Until recently, physicists thought they understood gravity fairly well. Einstein had modified Newton’s theory, but certain characteristics of gravitational forces were firmly established. For one…

Force

We need only explain changes in motion, not motion itself. Aristotle’s ideas about the causes of motion were completely wrong, just like all his other…

Out of Their Love They Made It: A Visual History of Buraq

This article [Out of Their Love They Made It: A Visual History of Buraq] was originally published in The Public Domain Review [https://publicdomainreview.org/2016/09/21/out-of-their-love-they-made-it-a-visual-history-of-buraq/] under a…

The Principle of Inertia

Physical effects relate only to a change in velocity Consider two statements of a kind that was at one time made with the utmost seriousness:…

Acceleration in Physics

Definition of acceleration for linear v−t graphs Galileo’s experiment with dropping heavy and light objects from a tower showed that all falling objects have the…

The Inca Trail

The Inca trail is one of the most popular treks in Peru and South America. It starts from Chillca and follows a route to Machu…

All Complex Ecosystems Have Parasites

By Cory Doctorow (Paper delivered at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, San Diego, California, 16 March 2005) AOL hates spam. AOL could eliminate nearly 100…

Why is Hollywood Making a Sequel to the Napster Wars?

By Cory Doctorow (Originally published in InformationWeek, August 14, 2007) Hollywood loves sequels—they’re generally a safe bet, provided that you’re continuing an already successful franchise.…

World of Democracycraft

(Originally published as “Why Online Games Are Dictatorships,” InformationWeek, April 16, 2007) Can you be a citizen of a virtual world? That’s the question that…

The Future of Ignoring Things

By Cory Doctorow (Originally published in Information Week’s Internet Evolution, October 3, 2007) For decades, computers have been helping us to remember, but now it’s…

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