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Why Balloons Rise and Apples Fall: The Laws That Make the World Work Paperback – 26 Jan 2017
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At just the right level for the beginner he runs us through all the classical physics that no one bothers with, yet is at the heart of everyday life (PopularScience.co.uk)
From the big stuff (life, the universe and everything) to the small stuff (the mind-bending world of quantum physics), here is an accessible guide to the fascinating, awe-inspiring and sometimes downright weird world of physics.See all Product description
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Stewart, J. (2010). Why balloons rise and apples fall: The laws that make the world work. London: Michael O'Mara.
Reviewer: Dr W. P. Palmer
This is a nice little book written by someone with a good sense of humour. The intention is that not only is the reader educated through reading the book, but also that the reader enjoys the process. However the worry is the number of books that attempt to teach elementary physics and who the intended reader of the book is.
This book has some positives and of course, corresponding faults. I liked the author’s frequent use of ‘thought experiments’ which is a good way to teach adult readers. On page 53, I quote a piece that made me smile ‘it’s easier to slide a single armchair around the living room than a great big sofa full of couch potatoes’. On page 59, there is a good explanation of brain injury from car accidents. There are also other very good explanations throughout the book.
On the negative side, on page 86, the problem about volumes of hydrogen, oxygen and steam is not well stated but also the author does not apply Gay-Lusac’s Law correctly (but that is chemistry!!). On page 92 the author should rewrite the section on ‘blowing up a balloon’ which is incorrect as it stands. Correct line 5: The pressure inside a blown up balloon, which is tied up is not equal to the outside atmospheric pressure. If this were the case it would not be necessary to tie up the balloon.
Before the end of the end of the book we have reached very difficult and controversial theories, but perhaps a number of readers will enjoy this!