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The Flying Circus of Physics Paperback – June 30, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0471762737 ISBN-10: 0471762733 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (June 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471762733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471762737
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Supplement Available -- The publisher, John Wiley & Sons --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This new version now contains answers to all the over 600 stimulating questions. Walker covers the entirety of naked-eye physics by exploring problems of the everyday world. He focuses on the flight of Frisbees, sounds of thunder, rainbows, sand dunes, soap bubbles, etc., and uses such familiar objects as rubber bands, eggs, tea pots, and Coke bottles. Many references to outside sources guide the way through the problems. Now the inclusion of answers provides immediate feedback, making this an extraordinary approach in applying all of physics to problems of the real world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I highly recommend this book to any serious physics student.
Random Intellectual-lite
Because of this, you tend to read the book with a finger stuck in the answers so you can find your place when you go to check your work.
Richard T. Young Jr.
This book contains useful explanations and interesting stories covering a broad range of topics.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Richard T. Young Jr. on October 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
A favorite uncle gave me this book when I was eleven or twelve, and I went on to love it literally to pieces. **But I still have all the pieces**, and I give copies of this book to kids who seem succeptible to it like I was.

Potential buyers should know that the book is arranged in an unusual format. One section, the questions, is divided topically into the major subcategories of physics; questions are numbered by category and then sequentially, such as 5.8, 5.9, 5.10... The answers to the questions are found in a separate section, using the numbers. Because of this, you tend to read the book with a finger stuck in the answers so you can find your place when you go to check your work.

There is also a separate bibliography section, but I never paid much attention to that as a kid :^)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2003
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This is a book of real-world physics questions and explainations. Billiards, air-conditioning, carnival games, and more are covered.
Our high school advanced physics course used this book for a "special" kind of weekly lab where groups of students were assigned a few questions and the group was to write up short answers/explainations to the questions posed by Jearl, applying the concepts we learned in class and stretching our thought process.
Most questions have solid physics explainations, some don't. As such, scores were given based on insight, communication, and application.
The point of this book is to provoke thought and grab students' interest, and Jearl is a master.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
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You can learn a lot of physics from this book. It can help you develop the kind of intuition that you will not get from conventional physics books. In addition, you can learn some off-beat physics that is not normally taught in classes.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John A. Lang on July 5, 2007
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I am a retired science person who volunteers as an eighth grade science teacher. My primary notion is to convince the students that an understanding of the basic ideas of physics will enable you to comprehend more complex principals. To accomplish this, I am always searching for real life examples which demonstrate physics ideas. "The Flying Circus of Physics" provides a rich mix of these examples that makes the student see physics as part of their day-to-day life and not an abstraction.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Keith Enevoldsen on September 12, 2006
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This is my favorite book. This is a fantastic collection of hundreds of physics puzzlers, many taken from everyday life. It is full of thought-provoking questions about: superballs, silly putty, tops, and yo-yos; boiling water, dripping faucets, and blowing bubbles; rain, rainbows, snow, lightning, and tornados; bicycles, cars, boats, airplanes, and spaceships; magnets, electricity, radio, and television. It has answers in the back, but it is more fun if you try to figure it out for yourself, and resist looking up the answer. Some of these simple questions are so deep that scientists don't know the answers yet. Literally wonder-full.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David M. Mecham on January 18, 2008
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Opens the mind to concepts of Physics. I'm a high school physics teacher and just wish I had more time with my classes to explore the ideas presented by Dr. Walker. His video series Kinetic Karnival is also great, but I haven't been able to find it available to replace my damaged copies.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Hutchison on August 28, 2006
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I chanced upon this book and now can't put it down. I never realized how little I know about how the world around me works. This asks questions about physics in everyday life, not esoteric particle-accelerator stuff. Absolutely fascinating and the best read I've had in a long time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John M. Boudry on September 19, 2008
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I teach elementary physics at a local university. One of the complaints of my students was I didn't relate the material to real-world examples.

The Flying Circus of Physics contains a huge number of examples relating basic physics principles to events/phenomena in the real-world. I usually use one or two of these examples per lecture as 'breaks' from the standard material. The students enjoy them and quickly become engaged in the discussion.
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