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.
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
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
"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