An informative, accessible, easy-to-use guide to physics fundamentals and concepts. We don't need a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to know that everyone is governed by the laws of physics, but what are they? How do the affect us? Why do they matter? What did Newton mean by saying for every action in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction? Which law talks about the conservation of energy? What is Bernoulli's Principle? Einstein's Theory of Relativity? How do forces, motion, energy, and inertia interact? How do laws, theories, and hypotheses differ? Physics can often seem complex and complicated, but it need not be so difficult to understand. Revised for the first time in a decade, the completely updated third edition of The Handy Physics Answer Book makes physics and its impact on us, the world, and the universe fun and easy to understand. It disposes with the mathematical explanations and scientific jargon often associated with physics and instead takes a more conceptual approach--all written in everyday English. The Handy Physics Answer Book tackles the big issues and concepts, such as gravity, magnetism, sound, and light, and the smaller topics, like why don't birds or squirrels on powerlines get electrocuted, and makes them fun and enlightening for anyone who picks up this book. For everyone who ever wondered about the sources of energy in the United States, the different varieties of light bulbs, or why it is warmer to wear dark-colored clothes than light-colored ones, Handy Physics examines more than 1,000 of the most frequently asked, most interesting, and most unusual questions about physics, including ... How can I be moving even while I'm sitting still? If the Sun suddenly disappeared, what would happen to the Sun's gravity? What is the energy efficiency of the human body? Why do golf balls have dimples? How can ice help keep plants warm? What kinds of beaches are best for surfing? What do 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G wireless networks mean? Why shouldn't metal objects be placed in microwave ovens? Why does my voice sound different on a recording? Can a light beam be frozen in time? Why are soap bubbles sometimes so colorful? Why does a charged balloon stick to a wall? Is Earth a giant magnet? What are gamma rays? What happens when antimatter strikes matter? What is quantum teleportation? Are artificial intelligence systems able to think on their own? What happens when two black holes collide? How will the universe end? The Handy Physics Answer Book also includes a glossary of commonly used terms to cut through the jargon, a helpful bibliography, and an extensive index, adding to its usefulness. Ideal for students, science readers, and anyone reckoning with the essential questions about the universe, it is an informative primer to everyday life applications as well as the most significant scientific theories and discoveries of our time. And, we promise, no whiteboards.
The Handy Physics Answer Book
Publication Date2020-08-01 00:00:00