Russ Swan - The Physics Behind... - Octopus

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • E-Book £P.O.R.
    More information
    • ISBN:9781788400961
    • Publication date:30 Aug 2018
Books in this series

The Physics Behind...

By Russ Swan

  • Paperback
  • £14.99

Peer into the matrix with The Physics Behind... and uncover the extraordinary science behind everyday life.

Peer into the matrix with The Physics Behind... and uncover the extraordinary science behind everyday life.

Can you really lose weight by consuming nothing but ice cream and beer? How does the latest blockbuster movie get squeezed onto a disk, and how do they make the pictures seem 3D? How much does a selfie weigh? What's the science behind forensic investigations, body scans, and the dating of ancient artefacts?

The Physics Behind... takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the scientific principles that that make the modern world work. Could there be life on Mars? Why is north really south? How do self-driving cars find their way around? These and many more topics are explored by starting with the basic science that makes them tick - examining the physics behind them. Packed with detailed original artwork and infographics, The Physics Behind... is perfect for anyone who has ever been curious about the science of life.

Including:
- The physics behind modern life: Wi-Fi, Facial recognition, touchscreens, microwave ovens, the ice cream and beer diet, taking a selfie, Flash memory, a bag of sugar, catching the train, calendars and clocks
- The physics behind entertainment: optical discs, lasers, white water, executive toys, the electric guitar, music, 3D movies
- The physics behind analysis: medical imaging, looking at little things, spectroscopy, crime scene investigation, tricorder, microfluidics, radiocarbon dating, proving the Earth is round
- The physics behind space: rocket science, space weather, Planet Nine, space telescopes, is there anybody out there? life on Earth, life on Mars
- The physics behind big science: what's the matter?, time travel, bomb or meltdown?, the Large Hadron Collider, the Human Genome Project, the Standard Model, gravity, everything
- The physics behind the weird universe: strings, rings and other things, N-dimensional space, the hypercube, antimatter, the dark universe, quantum weirdness, quantum biology, time crystals and Majorana
- The physics behind the environment: weather forecasts, climate change, renewable energy, migration, peacock feathers, sunburn, rainbows, spider silk
- The physics behind transportation: autonomous autos, Hyperloop, Maglev, satellite navigation, motor sport, going rreeaallllyy fast, stealth
- The physics behind everything else: curve balls, the Mpemba Effect, why north is really south, perpetual motion and the heat death of the universe, and the physics behind this book.

Biographical Notes

Russ Swan is a freelance journalist and editor, specialising in writing about science, engineering and technology.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781844039746
  • Publication date: 30 Aug 2018
  • Page count: 192
  • Imprint: Cassell
Ilex Press

The Nostalgia Nerd's Retro Tech: Computer, Consoles & Games

Peter Leigh
Authors:
Peter Leigh
Ilex Press

Smart Smart Home Handbook

Adam Juniper
Authors:
Adam Juniper
Cassell

Politics Hacks

Julian Flanders
Authors:
Julian Flanders

Understanding the history and significance of today's political climate can be confusing and daunting. Politics Hacks is here to give you quick definitions and background on 100 key political theories from the last 1,000 years.Each idea is broken down into three stages:1/ The helicopter view, which gives you an introduction to the idea, and some context around it. 2/ The shortcut, which gives you the core elements of the theory, along with a range of examples that everyone can understand. 3/ The hack, which is a one-liner designed to stick in your memory and give you an instant grasp of the concept.Whether you quickly want to get to grips with globalization, understand the Electoral College, or understand post-truth politics, this book is the perfect way to speedy enlightenment.

Ilex Press

Why You Like This Photo

Brian Dilg
Authors:
Brian Dilg
Cassell

Best of Today

BBC Radio 4
Authors:
BBC Radio 4
Ilex Press

Rick and Morty: The World According to Rick

Rick Sanchez, Matt Carson
Authors:
Rick Sanchez, Matt Carson
Ilex Press

Moon

Alexandra Loske, Robert Massey
Authors:
Alexandra Loske, Robert Massey

A source of light in the dark of night and our ever-changing cosmic companion, the Moon has fascinated humankind since we first gazed into the sky. In this extensively illustrated and illuminating volume, art historian Alexandra Loske and astronomer Robert Massey present a rich and curious history. From its violent birth through to the exhilarating story of the Space Race and current exploration efforts, discover the many faces of the Moon and how they have shaped humanity's existence.

Mitchell Beazley

RHS The Secrets of Great Botanists

Matthew Biggs
Authors:
Matthew Biggs

Botanists are the trailblazers who first discovered how plants work and collected from around the world many of the species that we find in our gardens today. This informative and beautiful guide presents the stories of 35 plant collectors and gardening pioneers of the past and present, including Joseph Banks, Asa Gray and Marianne North.Arranged in chronological order, each profile covers one botanist, presenting their life story, discoveries and legacy, while special feature pages reveal their secrets, exploring the qualities that brought them success and showing what ordinary gardeners can learn from them.Illustrated with beautiful period botanical watercolours and vibrant photographs, RHS The Secrets of Great Botanists will provide inspiration and practical guidance for gardeners of all levels, from successful plant cultivation to adding interest to your garden.

Ilex Press

64 Geeks

Chas Newkey-Burden
Authors:
Chas Newkey-Burden

We wouldn't have Bluetooth or Wi-Fi today without the ingenuity of an actress once described as "the most beautiful woman in the world."And we might have had mobile messaging as early as 1901, were it not for the fickleness of a banker. From celebrated prodigies and self-proclaimed geniuses to history's hidden heroes-64 GEEKS brings you the incredible stories of the world's best brains, all presented alongside clever 8-bit likenesses.

Mitchell Beazley

The Almanac

Lia Leendertz
Authors:
Lia Leendertz
Cassell

Cracking Neuroscience

Jon Turney
Authors:
Jon Turney
Cassell

Cracking the Elements

Rebecca Mileham
Authors:
Rebecca Mileham
Cassell

Meet Your Hormones

Cassell

The Secret Life of the Human Body

John Clancy
Authors:
John Clancy

Most of us take our body for granted and are never aware of its amazing capabilities. This book looks at how the seven octillion atoms that make up the human body are grouped into organs, tissues, nerves, fibres, fluids and more in such a way that the entire system runs smoothly without us ever knowing about it. It explains the hidden world of hormones and enzymes, the battleground of your immune system, the senses and much more. It also reveals the astonishing secrets of the human body, from the 15 'other senses' we have beyond the known five, to the reason we have eyes capable of seeing the Andromeda galaxy 2.5 million light years away.Chapters include:Cells, tissues and body structureThe skin, skeleton and musclesThe cardiovascular systemInternal protectors: warriors behind the scenesThe respiratory system

Cassell

Meet Your Bacteria

Catherine Whitlock, Nicola Temple
Authors:
Catherine Whitlock, Nicola Temple
Cassell

On the Edge of Infinity

Stefan Klein
Authors:
Stefan Klein
Aster

Happy by Design

Victoria Harrison
Authors:
Victoria Harrison
Ilex Press

The Anatomy Sketchbook

Understand the body's framework, grace and utility, and each vital element in this cunningly guided sketchbook. Anatomical mastery was critical to Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci's success. They understood that to draw a figure you must first learn its underlying architecture. Touching on structural drawing, the skeleton, musculature and modelling, this sketchbook includes 20 pioneering examples of anatomical study alongside helpful directions from celebrated artists, scientists and art historians. Whether drawing hands with Rossetti, a skull with Cézanne or a torso with Giacometti, you will come to understand each element of the body and how they form a whole.Gain the technique and confidence you need to produce accomplished results.

Cassell

Science Hacks

Colin Barras
Authors:
Colin Barras

With Science Hacks, you no longer need a PhD to understand the fascinating ideas behind science's greatest theories and discoveries. This latest addition to the ingenious new Hacks series will show you a technique for understanding and, crucially, remembering 100 of the most important and most interesting scientific theories from throughout the ages.On each topic, you'll start with a helicopter overview of the subject, which will give you an introduction to the idea and some context surrounding it. Next, you'll zoom in on the core elements of the theory, with clear explanation of each point to make sure you really understand the concept before finally, you'll be given a one-liner hack to really make the theory stick in your mind.Includes such topics and fields as:Particle PhysicsEvolutionary BiologyGeneticsMedicineChemistryEcology

Cassell

1001: Days That Shaped Our World

Peter Furtado
Authors:
Peter Furtado