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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ISBN-13: 9781848312807
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 04/07/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Brian Clegg is a science writer. He runs and his most recent book was Armageddon Science (St Martin's Press, 2010).

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Inflight Science: A Guide to the World From Your Airplane Window 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
rastaphrog on LibraryThing 7 months ago
An interesting look at the "science" involved in flying. Depending on how much of a science geek you are you may not learn very much new information, but it's a fairly good read all the same. For the most part it's easily understood by the layman, but it does get into some heavier subjects that most of us ignore or don't even think about on a regular basis.
gothamajp on LibraryThing 7 months ago
As someone who has spent most of his career in the aerospace industry, and currently flies over 50,000 miles a year, I spend a lot of time looking out of airplane windows. This seemed like the perfect book for a plane flight - so that's where I read it. Maybe I was expecting too much, but overall I found the text more frustrating than illuminating.The aeronautical sciences were glossed over, and a lot of the cool technology that makes a modern airliner work left out.And while I did learn some things about the word outside my aircraft window, I felt it either didn't go far enough, or too easily veered off into discussions of irrelevant examples that you would never probably experience in decades of flying.Early in the book Clegg admits that he doesn't enjoy flying, and that fact, at least to me, underscored the tone of the book. It felt like a popular science book shoe horned into a narrative framework that the author wasn't comfortable, or familiar, with. There is a good science book in here struggling to get out - it just needed a different perspective.
ricksbooks on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Brian Clegg's "Inflight Science" is a breezy collection of scientific anecdotes loosely oriented around what is seen and experienced on an airplane flight. The breadth and depth are just about right for a transcontinental flight: informative enough to be educational, but topic-surfing so quickly that interest doesn't have the opportunity to wane. Much of the science is roughly high school level material, but from time-to-time Clegg dips into Einstein's relativity, forcing one's brain to engage fully.Avid science readers won't find much (anything?) new here so the book isn't recommended for them, but for those who enjoy picking up a pop science magazine, this book will make your flight time pass quickly.(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy via the Library Thing Early Reviewers program.)
gtvalentine on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Using the framework of an airplane flight, from waiting at the airport terminal to takeoff and cruising to the return to terra firma, Brian Clegg's "Inflight Science" teaches a broad array of flight related engineering and science. He covers the electromagnetic spectrum, airport security systems, gravity, clouds, how an airplane wing works, relativity, and, naturally, he answers the question "why is the sky blue?"The writing is inviting and clear, never getting too bogged down in the details, yet managing to provide a good overview of many topics. I think it may leave technical-minded readers wanting more, but I think the intent of the book was to provide an engaging overview of the many areas of science and engineering that surround us when we fly. I think it succeeds.
lisalangford on LibraryThing 7 months ago
INFLIGHT SCIENCE by Brian Clegg is chock full of facts. Using flight as a launching pad (okay, yes, pun intended), Clegg relays scientific facts about altitude, astronomy, quantum physics, the earth, color...and much much more. Not only does Clegg describe the science behind much of those things (why IS the sky blue?), and real world examples of the science, he also provides experiments for readers to try to illustrate the scientific concepts he's describing.I thought of my brother when I read this book, a science-y (and dare I say it, geeky?) kind of guy even as a kid, he would have loved this book. This would be a great book for any science buffs out there, and for teachers to either use in their classroom or have in a classroom library for kids to read.
fakelvis on LibraryThing 7 months ago
From your arrival at the departure airport, via the security checkpoints and your plane's departure, through to landing in your destination -- Brian Clegg runs you through all the popular science related to a typical flight.While the 'hard science' is somewhat lacking, this is still a worthwhile book that you can't fail to learn one or two things from.Written in an informal and educational manner, Inflight Science feels more like an extended secondary school science lesson than a serious discourse in 'the science of flying'.That said, if you're looking for an easy read, or if you're new to popular science books, then this is a good choice for a long flight: it'll open your eyes and keep you entertained.If you're already well-read in matter of science, this is probably one to miss.
lsg on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is science for the rest of us - anyone with a good knowledge of physics or earth science will have encountered most of this before. However, for those without that background, this is an interesting introduction to science and how we can see manifestations all around us. I found the experiments rather simplistic but the book was well written and one that I would heartily recommend for someone who says that all science is boring.
cvanhasselt on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Breezy and light, this book takes readers from the departure gate to touching down in an airplane, examining the science that abounds aloft. Everything from angular momentum to x-rays is covered, in short, easy to read sections. None of the science is particularly in-depth or technical, a disappointment for some readers. But what the book lacks in depth, it makes up for in breadth. Clegg's clear style, with an occasional dash of British wit, makes for a very pleasant, if light, read.For me the best science writing tells a story, perhaps examining the history of a topic, or revealing the minds and personalities that make science and technology happen. This books misses that high mark, found in such top-notch works as Rebecca Skloot's "Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." This book is more a collections of facts united by their relationship to flight. Clegg jumps around from topic to topic, from crop circles and meandering rivers, to cirrus clouds and the physics of lightning. Loosely stitched together, these snippets of science never quite gel into a thoughtful examination of the subject.But in the end, if you are looking for a few cogent facts about flight, perhaps enough to get a conversation going with the attractive man or woman in the aisle seat next to you on a plane, this is the book for you. Look for depth elsewhere, but for a good quick read about flight, start here.
Ferdaszewski on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I really wanted to like this book. I am a science nerd and I love flying, but ultimately Inflight Science was disappointing. It stays at a very basic and elementary level, it would start to touch on something interesting, but then dart off onto the next topic. The over feel of the book was very scattered and it lacked focus. There is so much that I would love to know about flight, but none of it was in this book.
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