Inflight Science: A Guide to the World From Your Airplane Window

Inflight Science: A Guide to the World From Your Airplane Window

by Brian Clegg
     
 

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“With this book in hand, we have all we need to set off on our next flight with our eyes open to the sheer wonder of what is involved.” —Alain de Botton, author of A Week at the Airport, in the Mail on Sunday

“Imagine Leonardo da Vinci seated next to you on an airplane. . . . Brian Clegg attempts to restore something of the

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“With this book in hand, we have all we need to set off on our next flight with our eyes open to the sheer wonder of what is involved.” —Alain de Botton, author of A Week at the Airport, in the Mail on Sunday

“Imagine Leonardo da Vinci seated next to you on an airplane. . . . Brian Clegg attempts to restore something of the lost wonder of air travel . . . even as Leonardo, so fascinated by science, might have done . . . leav[ing] his readers improved for the journey and filled with a renewed sense of curiosity toward the wonders out their window.”—Wall Street Journal

“An eye-spy book for adults . . . fitting into that publishing niche somewhere between hard science and Schott’s Miscellany that was so successfully exploited by books such as The Cloudspotter’s Guide.” —London Times Book of the Week

Every moment of your airplane journey is an opportunity to experience science in action—Inflight Science will be your guide. Brian Clegg explains the ever-changing view from your window seat and suggests entertaining experiments to calculate how far away you are from distant objects and the population of the towns you fly over. You'll learn why the coastline is infinite in length, the cause of thunderstorms, and why there's absolutely no chance of getting stuck on an airline vacuum toilet!

Packed full of amazing insights from physics, chemistry, engineering, geography, and more, Inflight Science is a voyage of scientific discovery perfect for any journey.

Brian Clegg is the author of several popular science titles, including Before the Big Bang and the forthcoming How to Build a Time Machine (2011), both from St. Martin's Press.

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Publishers Weekly
If flying in an airplane has left you with questions, Clegg (Armageddon Science) will have the answers you're looking for and then some. Beginning at the airport, he takes the reader through the trip chronologically, explaining how security scans your luggage, explicating the magnetic field of a body scan, and shedding light on why few airports have a gate 13. He then identifies the plane's parts and expounds on the physics of flying. Once in the air, Clegg explains the landscape out the window (even the Nazca Lines, in case you're flying over Peru), covering the fractals of streams and why rivers meander, among other subjects. With time devoted to clouds, time zones, jet lag, technology, eclipses, and outer space, Clegg also includes more esoteric details, such as why you can't get a good cup of tea on board—the lower air pressure reduces the temperature at which water boils. Though it's not as much fun as a trip to Hawaii, it's much cheaper. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848312418
Publisher:
Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date:
07/19/2011
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Brian Clegg: Brian Clegg is the author of a number of popular science titles including The God Effect, Before the Big Bang and the forthcoming How to Build a Time Machine (2011), all from St. Martin's Press. He is a science writer living in Wiltshire, England, and runs www.popularscience.co.uk.

www.brianclegg.net

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