Jearl Walker The Flying Circus of Physics

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The Flying Circus of Physics

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Witness astounding feats of physics

Hurry! Hurry! Come one, come all. Meet a man who can pull tworailroad passenger cars with his teeth and a real-life human cannonball. Come face to face with a dead rattlesnake that still bites.And unlock the secrets to the magician's bodiless head.

Welcome to Jearl Walker's Flying Circus of Physics, 2nd Edition,where death-defying stunts, high-flying acrobatics, strangecuriosities, and mind-bending illusions are all part of everydaylife. You don't need a ticket; you only need to look to the worldaround you to uncover these fascinating feats of physics.

Completely updated and expanded, this Second Edition of JearlWalker's best-selling book features more than 700 thoroughlyintriguing questions about relevant, fun, and completely realphysical phenomena. Detailed explanations and references to outsidesources guide your way through the problems.

You'll discover answers to such questions as:
* Can you start a fire with ice?
* Why does the sky turn green just before a tornado?
* Why do wintergreen LifeSavers glow in the dark when you bitethem?
* If you are falling in an elevator, should you try to jump up atthe last second or lay flat against the floor?
* How do electric eels produce their electric field?
* Why is wet sand darker than dry sand?
* What causes an oasis mirage?
* Why do stars twinkle?
* Could you drive a car on a ceiling?

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This new version now contains answers to all the over 600 stimulating questions. Walker covers the entirety of naked-eye physics by exploring problems of the everyday world. He focuses on the flight of Frisbees, sounds of thunder, rainbows, sand dunes, soap bubbles, etc., and uses such familiar objects as rubber bands, eggs, tea pots, and Coke bottles. Many references to outside sources guide the way through the problems. Now the inclusion of answers provides immediate feedback, making this an extraordinary approach in applying all of physics to problems of the real world.

About the Author:

Jearl Walker, professor of physics at Cleveland StateUniversity, received his BS in physics from MIT in 1967 and his PhDin physics from University of Maryland in 1973.
His book The Flying Circus of Physics was published 30 yearsago, has been translated into at least 10 languages, and is stillbeing sold world wide. For 16 years he toured his Flying Circustalk throughout the U.S. and Canada, introducing such physicsstunts as the bed-of-nails demonstration and thewalking-on-hot-coals demonstration to countless physics teachers,who then proceeded to hurt themselves when they repeated the stuntsin their own classrooms. These talks led to his PBS television showKinetic Karnival which ran nationally for years and which earned anEmmy.

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