Errata And Addenda For Fly by Night Physics

Errata And Addenda

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Errors, typographical and otherwise, in Fly by Night Physics are listed here.

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last updated 5/25/2022


p12: Eq. (1) should have a negative sign. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p63: line 3 (sunny blue sky section) in equation for B: k2p/cr →  k2p/r. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p69: line 5 S ∼ e2a2/c4R2 → S ∼e2a2/c3R2 . (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p73: line -3 P ~ e2/m2c3 E2 → P 'e4m2c3 E2. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p111: Eq. (4) r = ~ 2me → r = ~ 2me2 . (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p120: last line: whatnot → what not. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p125: Footnote 19: ε = π2T4/45(nc)3 → ε = π2T4/15(nc)3. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p167: line 5 P = −dE/dV | S = 3 E/2 V = NT/V → P = −dE/dV | S = 2 E/ 3 V = NT/V. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p176: line 10 [n] = E/T → [h] = M 1/2 LE 1/2. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p184: last line Pace → Peace. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman) (AZ: I actually wrote pace,  the scholarly form of peace. Both are OK.)

p188: line -2 p2F/2m − eφ(r) = h2n5/3/2m − eφ(r) → p2F/2m − eφ(r) = h2n2/3/2m − eφ(r). (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p194: Eq. (9) RHS:∫ 0 dx x2 1/ex−1 → ∫ 0 dx x2 1/ex2−1. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p194: line 7 ∼ x 2/x = x → ∼ x2/x2 = 1. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman).

p229: line 7 in Chandrasekhar section: ε(p) = √(pc)2 + (mc)2 → ε(p) = √(pc)2 + (mc2)2. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p307: line 8 ... Newtonian point moving ... → ... Newtonian point particle moving ...
(Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p310: Diagrams (c), (d) I think the electron and positron lines should be distinguished. I
recommend the usual reversal of the arrow on the positron lines. (Thanks to Mark

p310: Caption on diagram line 5 the electron. → the electron, and the positron (arrow
reversed). (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p315: Footnote 5 add or saddle. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p345: Footnote 16, I am confused, perhaps clarify. You state terms odd in q vanish, but then you make a special remark about 1/q drops out, and ignore the following even term in q, to state that the leading term which is odd (q−3), gives the m2 contribution. Seems like you are missing a power of q somewhere. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p369: Eq. (5) missing a minus sign on RHS. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p376: line 7 on RHS of equation no prime on x: −4πρ(~x→|) → −4πρ(~x). (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p378: Eq. (11) on RHS δ(3)(x→|) → −4πδ(3)(x). (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p378: Eq. (12) on RHS δ(3)(x→|) → −4πδ(3)(x). (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)

p399: lines 7,8 Latex needs to be fixed: ∫ ∞  r0 → ∫ ∞r0. (Thanks to Mark Weitzman)


p56: (1), equations (5) and (6) are interchanged.

p61: line -2, chapter II.1

p68: In the spirit of fly by night physics, we deduce in (8) that E is proportional to a. To show that Edoes not depend on the component of ⃗a along the line of sight, we have to either appeal to the pictorial argument on p72 or do a detailed fly by day calculation. Note that there is a hidden velocity dependence inside the delta function in both (6) and (7) due to the retardation condition, and consequently φ also contributes to E. (AZ)


p176: paragraph 2. It is true that there are only three equations for four unknowns, but the equations are homogenous, and so we could consider \beta as given. Then we have three equations for the three unknowns \alpha, \gamma, and \delta, which we can determine in terms of \beta. Then we find the dimensionless combination (\hbar n / (m T)^(3/2) )^\beta and we reach exactly the same conclusion as in (1). (AZ)

p184: middle of page, after =1/ , a parenthesis is missing.