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No wonder you wonder! : great inventions and scientific mysteries

Author: Claude Phipps; Friedelwolf Wicke
Publisher: Cham : Springer, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores and explains scientific mysteries and principles, leavened with tongue-in-cheek humor and an abundance of illustrations. Chapters are short, but give an understanding of technology and science not available elsewhere. Questions include: ℓ́Ø What holds a satellite up while it goes around the Earth? ℓ́Ø Why is the sky (made out of clear air!) blue instead of green, or just black as night like the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)911363504
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Claude Phipps; Friedelwolf Wicke
ISBN: 9783319216805 3319216805
OCLC Number: 922965832
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 331 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Dedication; Acknowledgments; Contents; In Praise of No Wonder You Wonder!; Part I: Basics; Preface; Who Am I?; What is Science and What is Not?; Einstein Said ...; Do You Care?; Moral and Scientific Issues; Numbers; Mental Blackboard; Magic Numbers; Introduction: Weird Reality; The Big Bang: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and ... Stuff; What Is Stuff?; Gravity; Inertia; Relativity at Low Speeds: Kinetic Energy; Relativity at High Speeds; Time Travel; Backward Time Travel; Forward Time Travel; Teleportation; Quantum Mechanics: Weirdness on a Small Scale; Electromagnetic Waves Quantum Erasers: True Weirdness Entangled Photons: More Weirdness; Uncertainty; Superconductivity; Zero Point Energy (ZPE); Black Holes; 4D Ghost Stories; Cutting World; Conclusion; The Metric System; Exercise; Conclusion; Exponentials and Instabilities; Instability; People Instabilities; Conclusions; Part II: Who Really Did It First?; Goals; Chinese Science and Art; Gunpowder!; Printing; Navies and Voyages; Silk!; Conclusion; Space Geometry from Ancient Greece to Today; Venus Transit: A Side Story that is Not Greek; Conclusion; Rome; Concrete; Roman Roads Roman Text Messages "All Roads Lead to Rome"; Pont du Gard; Conclusion; Islamic Science and Art; Ibn Sahl; Ibn Al Haytham; Ibn Musa al Kwarizmi; Astrolabe and Astronomy; Al-Biruni; Al-Razi; Omar Khayyam; Translating Scientific and Philosophical Works; Conclusions; Part III: Modern Science and Engineering; Modern Science; Kepler and Newton; Einstein; Special Relativity; General Relativity: The Final Weirdness; Conclusion; Why Is the Day Sky Blue? Why Is the Night Sky Black?; J.C. Maxwell; Dark Night Skies; Aurorae; Conclusion; Machines; Force Multipliers External Combustion Engines Industrial Revolution; Carnot and Power Generation; Improvements; Stirling Engine; Steam Turbines; Internal Combustion Engine Zoo; Otto Cycle; Wankel Cycle; Radial Engine; Diesel; Hybrid; Tesla; Turbine Engines for Cars; The Differential; Windmills and Renewable Energy; Inverse Machines, the Servel and Liquid Helium; Electric and Laser Refrigerators; The Self-Replicating Machine; Other Machines; Conclusions; Lighter Than Air Flight; Hot Air Balloons; Gas-Filled Balloons; Dirigibles; Helium, in Texas?; High-Altitude Helium Balloons Distance Records Spying; Conclusions; Electricity; Volts, Ohms, Amps, and Watts; Voltage: Hazardous?; Resistance; Power; Transformers; Tesla and the First Wireless; Birds on a Wire; Different Hazard If It's High Frequency; AC and DC; Transformers; Experiment; How Do You Use Electricity?; DC Motors; AC/DC Motors; AC Motors; AC Synchronous Motor; Induction Motor; How Do You Make Electricity?; Batteries; Solar Cells; Generators; Faraday's Homopolar Machine; Experiment; Electromagnetic Tethers; The Earth Dynamo; Lightning!; Experiment: Liquid Van de Graaf; Sprites
Responsibility: Claude Phipps ; illustrations by Friedelwolf Wicke.

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No Wonder You Wonder can be engrossing for anyone with a bit of curiosity, not just the scientific minded." - Christophe Bonnal, Chief Engineer, CNES (French Space Agency) "No Wonder You Wonder is a  Read more...

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