Can You Feel the Force?: Putting the Fizz Back into Physics

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A fun, quirky look at the weird and wonderful side of physics, Can You Feel the Force? explores the physics of everyday things — from how balloons stretch and stick to walls, to why the sky is blue, to why stars twinkle.

Designed to appeal equally to children who are intimidated by science and those who love it, Can you Feel the Force? is not just a reference book — it's interactive with fun activities to try at home. Inside the pages are age appropriate text and experiments that will determine what's the best seat on a roller coaster, why does bubble gum stretch, why do fighter pilots have to wear specially tightened underwear, and why the world looks weird when you drive a car at the speed of light. Discover the recipe for slime, the secret of piercing a balloon without bursting it, and find out how to stick objects together with nothing but the magical force of friction; plus learn the ideas and discoveries of Galileo, Newton, Franklin and other key players in the defining principles and laws of physics.

Clear, exciting images and engaging text will make physics understandable and make kids curious to learn more in Can you Feel the Force?

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Richard Hammond is best known for co-hosting Top Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson and James May. He is currently the host of the BBC's Should I Worry About...?.

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Grade 5-8–This colorful book includes information, experiments, and questions and answers about physics, in four sections. In the beginning presents a historical overview of human understanding of the topic; Can you feel the force? defines some terms and explains Newton's laws. What's the matter? explores atomic make-up, magnets, and the states of matter; and Can you see the light? looks at particle theory, color, electromagnetic rays, and the speed of light. Running time lines help students place theories and scientists in historical perspective. The format includes eye-catching photos and graphics on every spread along with brief paragraphs of text and additional information in bubbles, captions, and sidebars. Experiments help explain matter, friction, gravity, velocity, electricity, air pressure, and water pressure. Interspersed cartoons and upside-down text may be distracting for some students. An appended Who's who? profiles 16 scientists from Aristotle to Dirac. Christopher Cooper's Forces and Motion: From Push to Shove (Heinemann Library, 2003) covers similar information for the same age group. Hammond's lively style and kid-centric examples provide an effective introduction to the basic concepts of physics and the scientists who discovered them.–Ann Joslin, Fort LeBoef School District, Waterford, PA
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