E=mc2: Simple Physics: Why Balloons Rise, Apples Fall and Golf Balls Go Awry

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You don't have to be Einstein to understand quantum physics. With amusing examples from film, TV, and history, learn how physics affects everything in your surroundings--without the use of mind-bending math or the need for a particle accelerator. With E=MC2, you'll learn: When forces balance: Simple answers to questions such as, "Why do balloons rise while apples fall?"
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E=MC2: Simple Physics: Why Balloons Rise, Apples Fall & Golf BallsGo Awry

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Overview

You don't have to be Einstein to understand quantum physics. With amusing examples from film, TV, and history, learn how physics affects everything in your surroundings--without the use of mind-bending math or the need for a particle accelerator. With E=MC2, you'll learn: When forces balance: Simple answers to questions such as, "Why do balloons rise while apples fall?"
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Impossible: Why The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is full of absurdities. (For someone whose characters often uphold the law, Clint Eastwood certainly defies the laws of physics in this film.)
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  • Why do I feel this warm glow?: The theory behind how the first stars were born
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  • At the speed of light: A refresher on the theory of relativity and an understanding of why--a hundred years later--Einstein's physics still points the way in cutting-edge research.
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  • It's physics for the rest of us. So why not come along for the ride? Advance at the speed of light through the fundamental laws of physics as they were discovered, proven wrong, and revolutionized.
    Make this and all of the Blackboard Books(tm) a permanent fixture on your shelf, and you'll have instant access to a breadth of knowledge. Whether you need homework help or want to win that trivia game, this series is the trusted source for fun facts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606521670
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 8/5/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 615,468
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Stewart graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in philosophy. He works as a journalist and graphic designer, and has always been fascinated with physics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Great science

    I though it was a great book but was slanted towards the more athiest point of veiw. The actual facts were great and very well explained.

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    Posted March 10, 2012

    Lllloooovvvvee it

    Great

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