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Geek Physics

Geek PhysicsSurprising Answers to the Planet's Most Interesting Questions

Have you ever wondered whether a human could really fly with wings like a bird’s? What about how many zombies you could actually drive through? Or whether airplanes could save fuel by using iPads instead of paper safety manuals? How about whether Superman could really punch someone into... more

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Have you ever wondered whether a human could really fly with wings like a bird’s? What about how many zombies you could actually drive through? Or whether airplanes could save fuel by using iPads instead of paper safety manuals? How about whether Superman could really punch someone into space?

In Geek Physics, Rhett Allain, a physics professor and Wired’s popular Dot Physics blogger, finds intriguing questions buried in familiar movies and TV shows, video games, viral videos, and news hooks and walks readers through the fascinating answers from a physics perspective, without all the complicated details. Geek Physics appeals not just to the geek oriented but also to anyone who loves pop culture and technology.

With illustrations, basic equations, and easy-to-read graphs and diagrams, each chapter not only covers the most popular subjects from Allain’s blog, like lightsabers and McDonald’s drive-thrus, but uses those questions from a less technical approach to teach basic physics concepts. What better way to explain the nature of light than to consider how Gollum could see in the dark?

Geek Physics explores interesting questions like:

* How much bubble wrap would you need to safely jump off a 6th floor building? * Why does R2-D2 fly the way he does? * Why does a mirror reverse left to light, but not top to bottom? * Is Angry Birds using real physics? * Does a heavier truck make a better snow plow? * What if everyone on earth jumped at the same time? * How many dollar bills would it take to stack them to the moon?

Rhett Allain an Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University and a popular Dot Physics blogger at Wired Science Blogs. He has a knack for explaining things in a way that is both...more

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Geek Physics comes from a physics professor and popular blogger who blends pop culture with science to provide non-scientists with an intriguing format and physics insights that don't rely on difficult concepts. He shows how physics questions lie in everything from video games and television to movies, he offers a collection that blends trivia with fun questions relating to light sabers, crazy math (such as how many dollars bills would it take in a big stack to reach the moon), and how realistic the physics of Angry Birds can be, and it provides a discussion that's both technical and fun. The result is a whimsical and fun read recommended for any amateur who loves science and popular culture.

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