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The Mechanical Universe... And Beyond, is a 52-part telecourse filmed at the California Institute of Technology. The series introduces university level physics, covering topics from Copernicus to quantum mechanics. The series, produced in1985 by Caltech and INTELECOM Intelligent Telecommunications, uses historical dramatizations and visual aides to explain physics concepts. The latter were state of the art at the time of production: almost 8 hours of computer animation were done by computer graphics pioneer Jim Blinn. Each episode opens and closes with a "phantom" lecture by Caltech professor David Goodstein. Though more than 20 years old, the series is often used as a supplemental aide for its clear explanation of phenomena such as special relativity even today.

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40. Optics
Many properties of light are properties of waves, including reflection, refraction, and diffraction.

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41. The Michelson-Morley Experiment
In 1887, an exquisitely designed measurement of the earth's motion through the ether results in the most brilliant failure in scientific history.

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42. The Lorentz Transformation
If the speed of light is to be the same for all observers, then the length of a meter stick, or the rate of a ticking clock, depends on who measures it.

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43. Velocity and Time
Einstein is motivated to perfect the central ideas of physics, resulting in a new understanding of the meaning of space and time.

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44. Mass, Momentum, Energy
The new meaning of space and time make it necessary to formulate a new mechanics.

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45. Temperature and Gas Laws
Hot discoveries about the behavior of gases make the connection between temperature and heat.

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46. Engine of Nature
The Carnot engine, part one, beginning with simple steam engines.

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47. Entropy
The Carnot engine, part two, with profound implications for the behavior of matter and the flow of time through the universe.

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48. Low Temperatures
With the quest for low temperatures came the discovery that all elements can exist in each of the basic states of matter.

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49. The Atom
A history of the atom, from the ancient Greeks to the early 20th century, and a new challenge for the world of physics.

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50. Particles and Waves
Evidence that light can sometimes act like a particle leads to quantum mechanics, the new physics.

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51. From Atoms to Quarks
Electron waves attracted to the nucleus of an atom help account for the periodic table of the elements and ultimately lead to the search for quarks.

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52. The Quantum Mechanical Universe
A last look at where we've been and a peek into the future.

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