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A valuable collection of educational vintage films

19 Mar

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Radar: Technical principles: Mechanics

Frames of reference

Radar: Technical Principles. Indicators

Electric Motors: AC motors and generators

DC motors and generators

Principles of Electromagnetism 1927 DeVry School Films Inc., Carpenter-Goldman Laboratories
Electromagnetic Waves – with Sir Lawrence Bragg
Counting Electrical Charges in Motion 1961 PSSC; James Strickland
Electronics: Introduction to LC Oscillators circa 1974 US Air Force Training Film
Electronics: Magnetic Cores I: Properties 1961 US Army Training Film
Aerospike Engine
Space Flight: The Application of Orbital Mechanics
Sound Waves in Air 1961 PSSC; Richard Bolt, MIT; Acoustic Lens Demonstration
Electronics: Waveguide Plumbing 1979 US Air Force Training Film
Nuclear Physics: “Random Events” 1961 PSSC; Donald Ivey, Patterson Hume, U of Toronto
Physics: “Short Time Intervals” 1960 PSSC Physical Science Study Committee; MIT
Time Dilation: An Experiment With Mu Mesons 1962 PSSC; David Frisch, James Smith, MIT Physics
Physics: “Elastic Collision and Stored Energy” 1961 PSSC; James Strickland, Energy, Momentum…
Physics: Crystals 1958 Alan Holden – Bell Laboratories – PSSC Physical Science Study Committee
Lesson 34 – Resonance – Forced Vibrations – Demonstrations in Physics
Lesson 12 – The Strange Behavior of Rolling Things – Demonstrations in Physics
Waves and Vibrations – with Sir Lawrence Bragg

Colin Maclaurin popularized the physico-mathematical work of Isaac Newton

17 Feb


Colin Maclaurin (1698-1746), in Scottish Gaelic his name pronounce Cailean MacLabhruinn, was a Scottish mathematician who made important contributions to mathematics, in special, he is known by his Maclaurin series. He was the first one to popularize the physico-mathematical work of sir Isaac Newton publishing An Account of Isaac Newton’s Philosophical Discoveries (see link below). This publication raised a so great interest and admiration that for some it constituted the “great intellectual affair of the century: …the application of the experimental and geometrical method of Newton to the study of human nature, now stripped of the trappings of theology”[2].

Sir Isaac Newton contributed decisively to the Enlightenment (reason as the primary source of authority and legitimacy). There is great evidence, and several historians of science soustain the argument, that Adam Smith and other intellectuals had the “secret ambition” to make parallelism of his theories, to imitate Newton, and Adam Smith work shows is efforts to discover general laws of economy, inspired by the success of Newton and his discovery of the natural laws of motion



[1] An Account of Isaac Newton’s Philosophical Discoveries, by Colin Maclaurin

[2] Political Economy in the Mirror of Physics: Adam Smith and Isaac Newton, by Arnaud Diemer and Hervé Guillemin, Revue d’histoire des sciences, 2011/1 (Volume 64)


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