Mad About Modern Physics: Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities
Release date: Dec 13, 2004
Type/Genre..: More mind-bending fun in physics
Description: Product Description
More mind-bending fun in physics
The sequel to the popular Mad About Physics, Mad About Modern Physics promises
endless hours of entertaining, challenging fun. With detailed answers to
hundreds of questions ("Are fluorescent lights dangerous to your health?",
"What is a fuel cell?"), the book is also a treasure trove of fun science
trivia. Featuring diagrams and illustrations throughout, this fascinating
physics compendium will educate and captivate students, teachers, and science
FRANKLIN POTTER, Ph.D., is a retired physicist from the University of California
at Irvine. He continues to conduct research in elementary particle physics and
cosmology, as well as consult in physics education.
CHRISTOPHER JARGODZKI, Ph.D., is Professor of Physics at Central Missouri State
University. He is also founder and director of Center for Cooperative Phenomena.
He was born and raised in Poland, and received his Ph.D. in quantum field theory
from the University of California at Irvine.
From the Back Cover
A treasure trove of tantalizing puzzles and fascinating trivia in modern physics!
Can a person travel to a star 7,000 light years away and return having aged only
40 years? Could we find a portal in space and travel back in time? Is light a
wave or a particle? Are our bodies radioactive? Science experts Franklin Potter
and Christopher Jargodzki answer these and many other mind-bending questions in
this entertaining book, guiding you through the curiosities of modern physics.
The sequel to the popular Mad About Physics, Mad About Modern Physics is a
fascinating collection of braintwisters and paradoxes that will captivate and
educate everyone from students to science buffs. You'll discover why space has
three dimensions, how laser light can determine the age of a painting, why the
night sky filled with bright stars remains dark, how the total energy of the
observable universe could add up to zero, and much more—all while learning about
the relevance of modern physics in our everyday lives. Featuring nearly 250
provocative questions and intuition-defying answers as well as diagrams and
illustrations throughout, this collection of modern physics challenges promises
endless hours of entertainment! An extensive set of marginalia including
historical tidbits, eerie coincidences, and unusual quotations from Albert
Einstein to comedian Steven Wright complete this volume.