Synopses & Reviews
Written in the early days of the Soviet Union, Physics for Entertainment
is filled with easy-to-understand explanations of the essential laws of the universe, which Perelman sets up with questions such as:
Can an invisible man see?
Why does a microscope magnify?
Why do knots hold?
Why does a rocket go up?
What would happen if the speed of sound was slower?
Why do fish have bladders?
What is the safest way to jump from a moving car?
Perelman also uses examples from authors such as Mark Twain, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Charles Darwin to illustrate the otherwise obtuse principles of physics.
Both instructive and witty, this book explores ordinary facts and phenomenon from a physics perspective, encouraging readers to think in scientific terms.
Physics for Entertainment is just as unique and diverting (and educational) as it was seventy years ago, when it first became a bestseller in the Soviet Union.
"The impetus to republish this once-popular miscellany by an early 20th-century Russian scientist stems from the notoriety of reclusive Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman (no relation), who was awarded, and declined, the Fields Medal for proving the Poincar conjecture. Grigori claimed he was inspired by Yakov's book as a child, and certainly children often ask about things like whether an invisible man is able to see, or what you would experience if you fell all the way through the center of the earth. Each chapter is devoted to a scientific principle, such as mechanics, heat, and properties of liquids and gases. Perelman nods to science fiction writers from Cyrano de Bergerac to Mark Twain and H.G. Wells as he explains why their whimsical fancies might or might not be feasible. The writing in this anonymous translation is lively and entertaining, but more up-to-date books in a similar vein are more likely to stoke modern young imaginations. This reprint of the original treatise's second volume (the first being unavailable for translation and republication) is a charming historical curiosity and an entertaining diversion." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A wonderland not only for the scientific mind, but also the creative one." David Gruber, author of Aglow in the Dark
Written in the early days of the Soviet Unionand using examples from Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, Charles Darwin, and their Russian counterpartsthis lively bestseller from the 1930s is filled with answers to basic questions about physics.
For physics students and science buffs alike, this clever and easy-to-read elementary physics handbook, recently mentioned in a New Yorker
article, was a bestseller in the Soviet Union in the 1930s.
This book appeals to bright inquisitive minds and gives answers to basic questions about physics. The fundamentals of mechanics, force, work, friction, rotation, gravitation, and more are presented with timeless charm. Instructive and witty, the author singles out and presents ordinary facts and phenomena from a physics perspective, encouraging readers to think in physical categories. The anecdotes are enhanced by black and white illustrations. The English language edition was first published in the UK by Mir Publishers.
- Can One Walk Without Support?
- Why Do Knots Hold?
- You as Galileo
- Can an Invisible Man See?
- How to Dig Tunnels
- Why Fish Have Bladders
- And much more!
About the Author
Yakov Perelman (1882-1942) was a Russian author of many popular science books. He has never before been published in North America.