Mad about Physics: Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities

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Why is there eight times more ice in Antarctica than in the Arctic? Why can you warm your hands by blowing gently, and cool your hands by blowing hard? Why would a pitcher scuff a baseball Which weighs more-a pound of feathers or a pound of iron? Let science experts Christopher Jargodzki and Franklin Potter guide you through the curiosities of physics and you'll find the answers to these and hundreds of other quirky conundrums. You'll discover why sounds carry well over water (especially in the summer), how a ...

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Overview

Why is there eight times more ice in Antarctica than in the Arctic? Why can you warm your hands by blowing gently, and cool your hands by blowing hard? Why would a pitcher scuff a baseball Which weighs more-a pound of feathers or a pound of iron? Let science experts Christopher Jargodzki and Franklin Potter guide you through the curiosities of physics and you'll find the answers to these and hundreds of other quirky conundrums. You'll discover why sounds carry well over water (especially in the summer), how a mouse can be levitated in a magnetic field, why backspin is so important when shooting a basketball, and whether women are indeed as strong as men.

With nearly 400 questions and answers on everything from race cars to jumping fleas to vanishing elephants, Mad about Physics presents a comprehensive collection of braintwisters and paradoxes that will challenge and entertain even the brainiest of science lovers. Whether you're a physicist by trade or just want to give your brain a power workout, this collection of intriguing and unusual physics challenges will send you on a highly entertaining ride that reveals the relevance of physics in our everyday lives.

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Physicists Jargodzki (Central Missouri State U.) and Potter (U. of California-Irvine) present 397 puzzles the answers to which involved not some complicated mathematics, but usually peculiar applications of fairly basic principles of physics and often some piece of information that is not generally known. Along the margins are humorous quotations by and about scientists. The last half of the book contains the solutions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471569619
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 705,193
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTOPHER P. JARGODZKI, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Physics at Central Missouri State University and the author of two previous books of science braintwisters. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, and received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in theoretical physics from the University of California. FRANKLIN POTTER, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of California at Irvine and conducts research in elementary particle physics and cosmology. He received his B.S. degree from Cal Tech and Ph.D. in physics from Texas Tech University.

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Table of Contents

Temperature Risin'.

Color My World.

Splish! Splash!

Fly like an Eagle.

Good Vibrations.

Opposites Attract.

Bodies in Motion.

Stairway to Heaven.

Life in the Fast Lane.

Born to Run.

Third Stone from the Sun.

Across the Universe.

Answers.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2001

    an intelligent and magnificent work

    well,this book is really great.you know i love physics and virtually physics is my life.the combination of physics and math is really outstanding and the application of math to explain the complex physical phenomena is just terrific.the puzzles, paradoxes,curiosities of physics is just wonderful and you really need guts and imaginative brains to decipher the topics in this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2002

    Praise from a British physics journal

    From PHYSICS WORLD, JULY 2001 'fascinating new book'

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