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How to Destroy the Universe: And 34 other really interesting uses of physics Hardcover – 31 Mar 2011


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (31 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849164797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849164795
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.4 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How do you generate a force field? Could you survive falling into a black hole? How do you turn lead into gold? If you thought physics was all about measuring the temperature of ice in a bucket or trying to fathom what E=mc2 means, think again. In a series of intriguing, entertaining and often extraordinary scenarios How to Destroy the Universe brings to life 35 key physics ideas in a way that anyone can understand. Read this book and you'll find out how to save the planet from energy shortages by mining the vacuum of empty space, engineer the Earth's climate to reverse the effects of global warming and fend off killer asteroids. You'll learn essential survival skills such as how to live through a lightning strike, how to tough it out during an earthquake and how to fall into a black hole without being turned into spaghetti. And you'll also discover how to turn lead into gold, how to travel to the centre of the Earth, how to crack supposedly unbreakable codes and how to use physics to predict the stock market. So if you want to get to grips with the science behind relativity, antigravity and parallel universes, or if you are really more interested in learning how to teleport, travel through time or achieve immortality, this is the perfect introduction to the astonishing world of modern physics.

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The most entertaining and extraordinary guide to modern physics. How to predict the weather; How to survive an earthquake; How to stop a hurricane; How to deflect a killer asteroid; How to journey to the Earth's core; How to build the ultimate rollercoaster; How to stop global warming; How to launch yourself into space; How to survive a lightning strike; How to cause a blackout; How to make an invisibility cloak; How to be everywhere at once; How to live forever; How to teleport; How to fit a power station in your pocket; How to see an atom; How to turn lead into gold; How to build an atomic bomb; How to harness starlight; How to visit the tenth dimension; How to survive falling into a black hole; How to travel through time; How to see the other side of the universe; How to recreate the Big Bang; How to make the loudest sound on Earth; How to destroy the universe; How to travel faster than light; How to contact aliens; How to make energy from nothing; How to generate a force field; How to predict the stock market; How to crack unbreakable codes; How to build an antigravity machine; How to create life; How to read someone's mind.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erik on 27 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading this book; very well written, easy to read. The subjects are in a chronical order - when, for example, probability is mentioned it will have been explained in earlier chapter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By laurakane86 on 12 Mar 2013
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Found this book provided a great explanation of many physics principles I wish I understood! I now know much more about particle physics than I ever though I would!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul T. Mccarthy on 30 Mar 2013
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Cannot fault it so far, practical plot to blow up the universe will be based upon these instructions. I enjoyed it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By psiloiordinary on 17 Feb 2013
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Interesting mix of topics explained simply with a nice cross reference feature so you can dip in at random and then follow a trail of related chapters.

I read a lot of popular science so I soaked it all up. If you don't then this might be a good way to start as everything is in bite size chunks.

Clear, interesting and up to date.
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By J. Veitch on 11 Jan 2014
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Great insight into the unlimited applications of modern physics to the current and future world we live in. Written in an accessible manner for anyone to enjoy. Fantastic read for those who are interested to learn anything physics-related.
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By Becca on 6 Jan 2014
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At first I found the book resourcful and helpful but then as I delved deeper I found that it became boring and a waste of time!
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I like many have an amateur interest in physics, and I have to say this book has become one that I repeatedly pick up for a re-read. Parsons effectively mixes popular concepts with complex physical mechanisms which would, in my view, make this book a must for any GCSE or A-Level physics student. He doesn't shy away from complex physical concepts, though clearly this is not a book for the experts. But if you're curious about Einstein's theories of relativity, time dilation, the wackiness of quantum physics and all the rest, you could do much worse than begin with this gem.
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A great way to explain physics in everyday use and simple explanations of the more tricky concepts as well. Recommended.
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