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Mad About Physics: Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities

Mad About Physics: Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities
Author: Christopher Jargodzki - Franklin Potter
ISBN 13: 9780471569619
ISBN 10: 471569615
Edition: 1
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2000-11-21
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $17.95

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.


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)