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Mad About Modern Physics: Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities [Paperback]

Franklin Potter , Christopher Jargodzki
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18 Jan 2005
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 buffs alike. 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.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471448559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471448556
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bend your brain 24 Sep 2008
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I love this book, it and its companion stimulate a rash of wonderfully meaningful useless pursuits through the backyards of Physics. It contains a ton of things you don't need to think about but need to to make your life more meaningful and other people's more frustrating. The areas looked at are really good fun and stuff you need to know for no other reason than not knowing it would be more dull. The philosophical interjections are fun too. It's a light, quick book - a book at bogside. It's what you need to make the subject fun, which is really what life should be about and nothing else. It covers a huge range of material and if you get bored, you are probably a plank.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mad about Modern Physics 10 May 2014
By Julia
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My Grandson was extremely pleased with this book He graduated with an Engineering Degree in Aerospace three years ago, and is now hoping to do his Masters.
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By Paul Cook TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I loved the first book, Mad About Physics, and was equally pleased with this one.
It's just a great read for anyone with the slightest curiosity about what is all around us.
Well written and easily accessible, the various chapters cover a huge range, never delving too deep or over complicating the subject. educational and fun!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun collection of problems, quotes and trivia 22 Aug 2005
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This book has two parts- a collection of problems you're invited to solve using principles of modern (quantum) physics. And a collection of trivia, quotes and miscellanea in the margin about modern physics. I especially liked the trivia. Find out about Nikola Tesla, why space must have three dimensions, what cold fusion might be, faster-than-light travel, and how your microwave works.

The book is surprisingly technical- I imagine few people who aren't physicists will solve the problems ( I certainly didn't). So just read the problems and learn from the answers. Watch out too- there are quite a few technical equations in the answers.

I learned a lot, and had fun too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Exactly Like the First One 11 May 2014
By M. J. - Published on Amazon.com
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The first version was mostly riddles and puzzles and the quotes on the side were very interesting and funny.

The second version has the same thing, except that some of the questions are meant not as riddles but to teach you an idea about Modern Physics, I wouldn't call it a riddle but a question asked in order to tell you the answer. There are still great riddles though, and you can't really expect any book to have amazing riddles for every question anyway. If you want to learn Modern Physics as well than this book is great at filling in knowledge gaps. The answers are very well explained so far, just like the first book.

I was a little sad to read the quotes on the side though. Many of them not so pithy and sometimes simple long quotes about science that I suppose are interesting? Maybe famous. Not sure. There are still some funny ones and interesting ones, but I suppose it was harder to have found quotes. My guess is that like many books, a lack of quality was chosen to help fill up the quantity of pages, but I would suggest in the future to simply write fewer quotes per page because I have gotten annoyed to get through a quote with nothing added in terms of humor or knowledge or anything.... Nevertheless, one should consider the quotes a bonus, but I would remiss not to mention it, in a comparison to the first book.

I do think it is a great book even with the few shortcomings. Disclaimer: I am not yet halfway through the book.
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