Physics for Entertainment: A classic Russian book that delivers on the fun-with-physics promise of its title

Soviet popular-science writer Yakov I. Perelman makes physics fun in his classic English-language book Physics for Entertainment: Book One, offering real-world applications, demonstrations, and fascinating phenomena that remain relevant—and educational—to modern readers. This book explains many of the most entertaining aspects of the physical world and its principles, including optical illusions, light tricks and mirages, watermelon “bombs” of force, gravity and flight, travel to the moon as Jules Verne predicted, brain teasers, heat, boomerangs, “perpetual motion machines,” echoes, and feats of strength. The Polish-born Perelman was famous all over the world for his witty texts on math, physics, and the natural sciences, before his untimely death from starvation during World War II as Leningrad was under siege.

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ISBN978-1-61027-903-1 (pbk.)
216 pp.

Language: English (translated from Russian).

Edition: 13th edition, of book one.