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No Wonder You Wonder!

Great Inventions and Scientific Mysteries

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  • Humorously explains technology and science without equations

  • Richly illustrated, with over 270 photos, diagrams and hand-drawn cartoons

  • Bite-sized chapters that allow readers to explore topics at their own pace

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-21680-5
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Table of contents (26 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Basics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-4
    2. Einstein Said …

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 5-7
    3. Numbers

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 9-15
    4. Magic Numbers

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 17-20
    5. Introduction: Weird Reality

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 21-57
    6. The Metric System

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 59-67
    7. Exponentials and Instabilities

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 69-74
  3. Who Really Did It First?

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 75-76
    2. Chinese Science and Art

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 77-85
    3. Rome

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 97-104
    4. Islamic Science and Art

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 105-112
  4. Modern Science and Engineering

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 113-113
    2. Modern Science

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 115-129
    3. Machines

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 141-158
    4. Lighter Than Air Flight

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 159-164
    5. Electricity

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 165-185
    6. Drones and Robotic Flight

      • Claude Phipps
      Pages 187-189

About this book

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:

• What holds a satellite up while it goes around the Earth?

• Why is the sky (made out of clear air!) blue instead of green, or just black as night like the sky that high altitude jumper Felix Baumgartner saw?

• How is laser light different from “normal” light?

• Did Columbus really discover that the Earth is round?

• Which one invention will assuredly survive our civilization?

• Why can’t you travel back in time? 

If you often feel embarrassed because you don’t have a clue about lasers, the difference between volts, amps and watts, or how jet planes really work – but you would like to understand the physical principles of our modern world, whether you’re a teen or a parent – this book is for you!

To understand the basics of quantum mechanics, or of protons, neutrons and electrons, you don’t need algebra, calculus,

or a lot of equations or technical buzzwords. Too many people have been soured on science by science teachers who have made simple concepts seem complex. This book is the antidote: all it requires is your curiosity. 

Advance praise for No Wonder You Wonder!: 

“From beginning to end, and with laugh after laugh, I en

joyed every single word of this remarkable book. Phipps is a hell of a good writer, and the kind of physics teacher that I would have loved as a young student. 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 fa

ntastic book. Covering topics such as space, matter, and the energy within the universe, this book does an excellent job of clarifying these topics. It's a great read for young scientists and aspiring physicists.” – August R., high school freshman

Keywords

  • Basic Science Explained
  • Explaining Everyday Science
  • Explaining the Grandfather Paradox
  • How Do Planes Fly
  • How Technology works
  • Magnets - How Do They Work?
  • Why is the Sky Blue
  • basic technology Explained

Reviews

"Phipps’ new book is kind of a rarity in the Springer list, which specializes in very academic and technical subjects … . In the 331 pages, chock full of historical and contemporary prints, cartoons, photographs and charts and a number of illustrations by Friedelwolf Wicke, an Austrian collaborator, I could not find a dull moment in this compendium of instructive blurbs, insights, digressions and hard-won historical truths." (Roger Snodgrass, Los Alamos Daily Post, ladailypost.com, October, 2016)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Photonic Associates, LLC., Santa Fe, USA

    Claude Phipps

About the author

Back in 1961, I decided on a career in science rather than history after hearing President Kennedy announce that we were going to the Moon. I am fascinated by all aspects of science, and a specialist in optics, plasma physics and laser-produced plasmas. I have B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT and a Ph.D. from Stanford in electrical engineering, have worked in various National Labs for many years, and later formed my own company, Photonic Associates, in Santa Fe. While I am actually a “rocket scientist,” having designed and built laser driven plasma engines for spacecraft, I firmly believe that you don’t have to complete Grade 24 to understand how things work. Ernest Rutherford said “if you can’t explain your physics to a barmaid, it’s probably not very good physics,” and I agree with that sentiment. I want to help you get over your fear of numbers and science. Read this book and see if I’ve been successful!.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-21680-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)