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ARTICLES & PRESENTATIONS
"Tactics for Change"
by Robert L. Halfman, M. L. A. McVicar, W. T. Martin, Edwin F. Taylor and Jerrold R. Zacharias, Occasional Paper No. 11 of The Education Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1972. A light-hearted, avuncular look at difficulties of academic change and tactics for change compiled by educational innovators of the 1960s and 1970s, long before Physics Education Research became a discipline of its own.
HTML version (for reading on the screen)
pdf version (~117K, requires free Acrobat Reader software)
 
"Anatomy of Collaboration"
An account of the first collaboration, in the 1960s, of EFT and John Archibald Wheeler, on their special relativity textbook Space Time Physics. From the book Magic Without Magic: John Archibald Wheeler, edited by John R. Klauder, W.H. Freeman and Company, 1972
HTML version (for reading on the screen)
pdf version (~51K, requires free Acrobat Reader software)
 
 
 
SPECIAL RELATIVITY
Textbook

Spacetime Physics, Chapter One
1965 First Edition by Edwin F. Taylor and John Archibald Wheeler
(for self study and those without access to the 1992 Second Edition)


GENERAL RELATIVITY
Textbook

Exploring Black Holes, Sample Chapters

Exploring Black Holes: Introduction to General Relativity, by Edwin F. Taylor and John Archibald Wheeler, is a textbook published by Addison Wesley Longman. Free sample chapters are available below in Adobe Acrobat format (requires free Acrobat Reader software).
For purchase information, see the general relativity page of this website.

Software & Student Exercises

New links for Special Relativity and General Relativity software will be posted soon (May 2008).

QUANTUM MECHANICS
Articles & Presentations
"Teaching Feynman's Sum Over Paths Quantum Theory,"
Edwin F. Taylor, Stamatis Vokos, John M. O'Meara, and Nora S. Thornber, Computers in Physics 12, 190-199 (Mar/Apr 1998)
abstract
pdf version (~218K, requires free Acrobat Reader software)

"Rescuing Quantum Mechanics from Atomic Physics"
Edwin F. Taylor
transparencies for a talk given in June 2002
(~2.1 MB, pdf format, requires free Acrobat Reader software)
Software & Student Workbook

The following software and student workbook form animations and extensions of the treatment of quantum mechanics of Richard P. Feynman in the popular book, QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter, Princeton, 1985

These self-extracting archives include the software programs and the required cT Executor that runs them. Once you download and extract the files, please read the installation instructions (readme.txt) for more information.

New software and related links will be posted in May 2008.

WindowsWindows Version (tested on Windows 98)

MacintoshMacintosh Version
(requires Powermac)

The student workbook "Demystifying Quantum Mechanics" contains background and activities for student use of the software above. Files are in Adobe Acrobat format, and require the free Adobe Acrobat reader software.

Demystifying Quantum Mechanics (Student Workbook)