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The Flying Circus of Physics, 2d ed.



Burdened by tedious equations and difficult terminology, many a student has wondered what physics has to do with real life. This question inspired Walker, an unusual physicist who lists an Emmy among his awards, to write this book about how physics is at work all around us. He explains how physical principles apply to things as varied as smoke rings, popcorn, and pearls. For example, physics explains that a smoke ring is simply a ring vortex. These and more than 700 other examples of physics in action detail the concepts of motion, fluids, sound, thermal processes, electricity, magnetism, optics, and vision in a jargon- and mathematics-free way. Walker even answers such nagging questions as whether it's best to lie down, stand still, or jump in a free-falling elevator. Wiley, 2007, 331 p., b&w illus, paperback, $24.95.
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Date:Oct 21, 2006
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