beautiful equations

Those of you not out celebrating New Year might have spotted a programme called Beautiful Equations on the BBC schedule.  The programme follows an artist as he asks about five famous physics equations.

One of the featured equations should be familiar to you from unit 1 of the AH Physics course;

F~~= ~~ {Gm_1m_2}/r^2

Hopefully you recognise this as Newton’s equation for the gravitational force between two bodies.  I have extracted the nine minutes or so relating to Newton’s work and embedded it below.

The link below will download the entire programme, which also looks at E=mc^2, time dilation in special relativity, the Dirac equation and Stephen Hawking’s work on black holes.

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