What If You Could Unscramble an Egg?

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What if there were three sexes? What if men could have babies? What if Earth didn't have a moon? What if all the air in the room went into one corner? What if you fell into a black hole? What if you could unscramble an egg? Eavesdrop on these free-wheeling conversations and stretch your imagination in 120 different directions! In these flippant "what if" dialogues about everything from sex, aliens, dogs, and dinosaurs to space, matter, and time, Robert Ehrlich blurs the boundaries between science fact and science...
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Overview

What if there were three sexes? What if men could have babies? What if Earth didn't have a moon? What if all the air in the room went into one corner? What if you fell into a black hole? What if you could unscramble an egg? Eavesdrop on these free-wheeling conversations and stretch your imagination in 120 different directions! In these flippant "what if" dialogues about everything from sex, aliens, dogs, and dinosaurs to space, matter, and time, Robert Ehrlich blurs the boundaries between science fact and science fiction. Come travel through these zany alternative universes - and understand our own a bit better!
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Anyone who thinks popularized science has to be superficial should pick up this engaging volume, by a George Mason University physics professor. Ehrlich (The Cosmological Milkshake), writing in imitation of Galileo's Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences, talks with an interlocutor who is mildly interested in both physical and biological science but not sophisticated regarding either of them, and considers more than 100 what-ifs in areas ranging from sex to space aliens to space and time. Throughout, the author retains a light touch, even when dealing with such subjects as the contributions of Maxwell, Einstein, Heisenberg and Planck, amid explanations of why unscrambling an egg is not impossible, why man emerged as the king of beasts because he was the best killer and why overpopulation is the greatest threat to our continued existence. But he demonstrates the humility of outstanding scientists as he points out that the ``laws'' of nature are provisional. The text is supplemented by witty but technically simple cartoons by Gary Ehrlich. (Feb.)
Booknews
A whimsical construction of an imaginary dialogue between two people intent on understanding esoteric topics that range from human sexuality to physics. Ehrlich (physics, George Mason U.) is dedicated to making the sciences fun and interesting, and though the conceit is "cute," the information it contains is dynamic and scientifically sound, posing interesting questions and speculations on life in the universe, human behavior, perception, gravity, material properties, physics, time, space, and a sample list of "What ifs?" to pursue on one's own. The answer to the title's question (we were dying to know) is that, in part, it's all a matter of probabilities. The promotional material says the cartoons are humorous. Not. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Dennis Winters
Physics professor Ehrlich uses the device of dialogue with a scientifically innocent questioner to expound some of the marvels and mysteries of modern science. Following the speculative leads that what-if questions furnish, he takes readers on journeys into seemingly fantastic realms that yet are anchored to reality by solid and penetrating scientific knowledge. The subjects of inquiry range from biology to physics to materials and constants. Because of the number of questions, the discussions are limited in depth, yet they are informed throughout by Ehrlich's knowledgeable grasp and his charming sense of whimsy.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813522548
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/1996
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Sex 3
Ch. 3 Aliens 20
Ch. 4 Life 34
Ch. 5 Humans 44
Ch. 6 Perception 63
Ch. 7 Disasters 83
Ch. 8 Earth 101
Ch. 9 Gravity 117
Ch. 10 Material properties 128
Ch. 11 Constants of nature 138
Ch. 12 Physics 146
Ch. 13 Sun and stars 166
Ch. 14 Space 175
Ch. 15 Time 187
Ch. 16 Miscellaneous absurdities 204
Ch. 17 Make up your own what ifs 211
Bibliography 217
Index 219
About the author and the illustrator 223
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