Riddles in Your Teacup: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Riddles in Your Teacup

1st Edition

By P Ghose, D Home

CRC Press

584 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9780750302753
pub: 1994-01-01
Hardback: 9781138429857
pub: 2018-06-28

FREE Standard Shipping!


Natural phenomena and ordinary, everyday things often contain surprises and puzzles when we attempt to understand them in terms of basic physical principles. Trying to explain what we see around us can even help us to understand physical principles more fully.

Written by two well-known popularizers of science, Riddles in Your Teacup, Second Edition focuses on many puzzles, both simple and advanced, that relate to these phenomena. Revised and enlarged, this fascinating second edition contains challenging questions about everyday scientific mysteries. It presents an amusing and entertaining collection of puzzles and solutions, including some riddles that have continued to defy explanation.


"There are surprises of wonder and delight for students of all ages and abilities … a book that really should be in every science department. It will enhance and captivate all those who are not 'as good as dead.'"

-Jim Jardine, Physics Education

"A new, extended version of one of the most delightful little science books of recent years."

-The Good Book Guide

"… these questions are framed so interestingly that they hold the attention. They are accompanied by amusing sketches and agreeable anecdotes … A gentle, unusual, and civilized production."

-Roy Herbert, New Scientist

"…an absolute gem …"


"… recommended to inquisitive young scientists …"

-Robin Abbott, School Science Review, 277, June 1995

"An entertaining book …"

-Endeavour, Short Notices

Table of Contents

Foreword by Paul Davies

Preface to the second edition

Acknowledgments and bibliography

Questions: Kettle croon-physics around the kitchen

Our daily bread

Play time

Flow, fluid flow

Through the palm strangely

Facts and fiction-in movies and novels

The murmuring brook-mysteries of nature

Give your brains a racking

Answers to questions 1-7


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Physics