Physics for Entertainment: Book One

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9781610279031: Physics for Entertainment: Book One

Russian popular-science writer Yakov Perelman makes physics fun in his classic book, offering real-world applications, demonstrations, and fascinating phenomena that remain relevant—and educational—to modern readers. This book explains many of the most entertaining aspects of the physical world and its principles, including optical illusions, light tricks and mirages, watermelon force, gravity and flight, travel to the moon, brain teasers, heat, boomerangs, "perpetual motion machines," echoes, and feats of strength.

Presented by Quid Pro Books as a Digitally Remastered Book,™ this edition is unlike vintage republications that repeat printer errors or copying artifacts from the original. Instead, the process markedly reduces underlines, blotches, stray marks, and broken words. The effect retains and preserves the original presentation and its accuracy (unlike all-new renderings which introduce scan/OCR error), while offering a more complete and pleasant reading experience . . . to a new generation of students and curious readers.

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About the Author:

Yakov Perelman. Perelman was born in 1882 in the town of Byelostok, Congress Poland. He obtained the diploma of forester from the St. Petersburg Forestry Institute in 1909. After the success of "Physics for Entertainment", Perelman set out to produce other books, in which he showed himself to be an imaginative populariser of science. Especially popular were "Arithmetic for entertainment", "Mechanics for entertainment", "Geometry for Entertainment", "Astronomy for entertainment", "Lively Mathematics", " Physics Everywhere", and "Tricks and Amusements". His famous books on physics and astronomy were translated into various languages by the erstwhile Soviet Union. The great scientist K.E.Tsiolkovsky always thought highly of the talent and creative genius of Perelman. He wrote of him in the preface of Interplanetary Journeys: "The author has long been known by his popular, witty and quite scientific works on physics, astronomy and mathematics, which are, moreover written in a marvelous language and are very readable." Perelman has also authored a number of textbooks and articles in Soviet popular science magazines. In addition to his educational, scientific and literary activities, he has also devoted much time to editing. He was the editor of magazines Nature and people and In the workshop of nature. Perelman died from starvation in 1942, during the German Siege of Leningrad. Yakov Perelman is not related to the Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman, who was born in 1966 to a different Yakov Perelman. However, Grigori Perelman told The New Yorker that his father gave him Physics for Entertainment, and it inspired his interest in mathematics.

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