New Books by section members

New book by Tom Marcella:


Quantum Entanglement and the Loss of Reality.

202 pages Self published
Paperback $13.95
The first chapter is available at

Quantum mechanics is all about doing experiments. But it predicts only the possible results and the probability of obtaining each result. Results and probabilities. That’s all there are! The ultimate question is, “Is this all there is to know about the quantum experiment?” Bohr answers, “Yes. If we know the results and the probability of occurrence for each result, then we know everything there is to know about that experiment. There is nothing else!””Not so,” says Einstein. “Surely, there must be more to an experiment than just results and probabilities. Obviously, quantum mechanics does not tell us the whole story.”Bell’s theorem says they cannot both be correct. There can be no quantum mechanics that embraces the tenets of classical physics. Nature has to choose one or the other. We answer the question by taking the reader from classical physics through Bell’s theorem in the context of the Bohr-Einstein debate over the meaning of reality. The classical approach of Einstein is pitted against the quantum mechanics of Bohr, common sense against the counterintuitive nature of the new theory. Entanglement is the essential characteristic of quantum mechanics that makes it different from classical theory. And with entanglement there is no reality as we know it. In particular, we discuss the EPR experiment and Bell’s theorem in detail. At the end of it all, we are forced to conclude, as did Bell, that quantum mechanics is incompatible with classical physics. Subsequent experiments confirm that local realism, as professed in classical theory, is untenable.

New book by David Morin: Lecturer on Physics, and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies Harvard University

NEW! Special Relativity – For the Enthusiastic Beginner (David Morin)

Self-published (so that I could keep the price low) through CreateSpace, 2017, 250 pages.
Intended audience: College or advanced high school.
Buy online (Amazon) Temporarily 50% off – see below.
Paperback: $19.95
Kindle eBook:
$7.95 (or free if you buy the paperback from Amazon). Unfortunately, Kindle’s wrapping text ruins the formatting. I therefore recommend the paperback, which looks nicer and is much easier to read. You can add on the Kindle version for free. If you do buy the Kindle version and read it on your computer with the (free) Kindle app, I recommend using the “Aa” button to adjust the font size and words per line until the formatting vaguely resembles the formatting in the sample pdf files below.

Back cover (concise description of book)
Table of contents
Sample material:
Chapter 1 (Time dilation, length contraction, etc.)
Appendix A (Qualitative relativity questions/answers)

This book is a revised and expanded version of the last four chapters in my Introduction to Classical Mechanics, with Problems and Solutions textbook. A great deal of additional commentary has been included in order to make the book accessible to a wider audience.

Temporarily 50% off here at the CreateSpace store. Enter the discount code 622RHMM2. (However, truth in advertising: there is a shipping cost, the shipping may take longer, and the kindle version isn’t free if you buy the paperback via CreateSpace instead of Amazon.)


Books by Tom Hsu:


Books by David Morin:

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Problems and Solutions in Introductory Mechanics (David Morin)

(Self-published through CreateSpace, August 2014, 352 pages)

Intended audience: Introductory mechanics: high-school AP or col

lege freshman.

Buy online (Amazon)

Paperback: $14.95 (usually reduced to $12 or $13 on Amazon)

Kindle eBook: $5.95 (or free if you buy the paperback). Unfortunately, Kindle’s wrapping text ruins the formatting. I therefore recommend the paperback, which looks much nicer and is much easier to read. You can add on the Kindle version for free.

Note 1: While the book is calculus-based, it can also easily be used in algebra-based courses. The problems that require calculus (only a sixth of the total number) are listed in an appendix, allowing students to steer clear of those if they wish.

Note 2: The book is available only through Amazon (the parent company of CreateSpace). My goal is to keep the cost as low as possible, and other distribution channels would necessarily involve raising the price.



Books by Gary Garber:


Your guide to building and programming your very own advanced robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3  (Gary Garber)

Published by PACKT Publishing

Intended audience: Students and adults starting out with LEGO Mindstorms

Buy online (Amazon)

In Detail

LEGO Mindstorm is more than just a toy. With a multitude of gears, pins, and beams, you can build fantastic, complex designs. The programming brick is Linux-based, and with dozens of available sensors, it allows you to make incredibly sophisticated robots. Instant LEGO Mindstorm EV3 goes beyond the example projects that come with the box and helps you to produce a more advanced and functional robot.

“Instant LEGO Mindstorm EV3” is a practical guide that shows you how to advance from the basic lessons included in your EV3 kit, combine core programming commands, and implement tested design principles when building your robot. You will build a basic robot and download a program to make the robot move. You will also write several increasingly complex programs to add functionality to the robot and use a proportional algorithm to track a line with an optical sensor.

“Instant LEGO Mindstorm EV3” will teach you how to make a LEGO Mindstorm EV3 robot that can navigate and interact with its environment using sensors. You will first be guided through how to make your robot interact with its environment using touch sensors. You will then program the robot to navigate and change direction using a gyro sensor. Next, using a proportional algorithm, your robot will maintain a given distance to a stationary or moving object. You will then be shown how to change parameters using on-board buttons and finally how to use an optical sensor to track a line.

“Instant LEGO Mindstorm EV3” is full of step-by-step instructions and illustrations designed to help you build a robot with ease.


Filled with practical, step-by-step instructions and clear explanations for the most important and useful tasks. A concise guide full of step-by-step recipes to teach you how to build and program an advanced robot.

Who this book is for

“Instant LEGO Mindstorm EV3” is for both the adult tinkerer who has never touched LEGO before and the experienced LEGO engineer who has evolved from Mindstorm NXT to EV3. If you are interested in entering or advising students in robot competitions such as the FIRST LEGO League, the Wold Robot Olympiad, or RoboGames, then this book is a must for you. Even if you haven’t purchased your Mindstorm EV3 kit yet, this book will give you a good introduction to the platform.