padMad about Physics Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities

by Christopher P. Jargodzki and Franklin Potter

Why can you hear sounds when you put a conch shell to your ear? Why are large loops in a roller coaster not circular but clothoid (teardrop) instead? Why are there dimples on golf balls? How can a rodent be levitated? Jargodzki and Potter present nearly 400 conundrums that can be answered by thoughtful application of the laws of physics. Arranged by subject—mechanics, motion, magnets, materials, et cetera—the series of puzzles and questions preface a list of answers, each including a brief synopsis of the scientific concepts at play.

Wiley, 2001, 304 p., b&w; illus., paperback

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