Mad About Modern Physics: Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities

Mad About Modern Physics: Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities

by Franklin Potter, Christopher Jargodzki
     
 

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A treasure trove of tantalizing puzzles and fascinating trivia in modern physics!

Can a person travel to a star 7,000 light years away and return having aged only 40 years? Could we find a portal in space and travel back in time? Is light a wave or a particle? Are our bodies radioactive? Science experts Franklin Potter and Christopher Jargodzki answer these and many

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A treasure trove of tantalizing puzzles and fascinating trivia in modern physics!

Can a person travel to a star 7,000 light years away and return having aged only 40 years? Could we find a portal in space and travel back in time? Is light a wave or a particle? Are our bodies radioactive? Science experts Franklin Potter and Christopher Jargodzki answer these and many other mind-bending questions in this entertaining book, guiding you through the curiosities of modern physics.

The sequel to the popular Mad About Physics, Mad About Modern Physics is a fascinating collection of braintwisters and paradoxes that will captivate and educate everyone from students to science buffs. You'll discover why space has three dimensions, how laser light can determine the age of a painting, why the night sky filled with bright stars remains dark, how the total energy of the observable universe could add up to zero, and much more—all while learning about the relevance of modern physics in our everyday lives. Featuring nearly 250 provocative questions and intuition-defying answers as well as diagrams and illustrations throughout, this collection of modern physics challenges promises endless hours of entertainment! An extensive set of marginalia including historical tidbits, eerie coincidences, and unusual quotations from Albert Einstein to comedian Steven Wright complete this volume.

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Children's Literature
With a series of nearly two hundred and fifty questions, this title introduces physics students to a broad range of topics from the special theory of relativity, to nuclear and particle physics. Most questions require a foundation of physics education not only to solve the braintwister, but to grasp the answer as well. Half of the book presents the questions, while the other half explains the solutions. Each of the eleven chapters represents a different topic in physics. Students may find the sidebars, including quotations from famous figures in science and fascinating facts related to physics, more interesting and informative than the questions themselves. Most of the paradoxes and braintwisters introduced do not require students to perform activities or independent experiments. The majority of the questions can be answered by thinking the problem out using theories and formulas learned in physics class. Several references are provided with each answer to encourage the student to research the topic further independently. 2005, John Wiley & Sons, Ages 14 to 18.
—Erin Teagan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470357323
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/02/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
312
File size:
4 MB

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