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Do Colors Exist?

And Other Profound Physics Questions

Authors: Cottrell, Seth

  • Features a wide number of very interesting questions of wide appeal
  • Written in a casual style accessible to a very wide audience
  • Chapters are independent from each other and can be read in any order
  • Contains resources for further exploration of each topic
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About this book

Why do polished stones look wet? How does the Twin Paradox work? What if Jupiter were a star? How can we be sure that pi never repeats? How does a quantum computer break encryption? Discover the answers to these, and other profound physics questions!

This fascinating book presents a collection of articles based on conversations and correspondences between the author and complete strangers about physics and math. The author, a researcher in mathematical physics, responds to dozens of questions posed by inquiring minds from all over the world, ranging from the everyday to the profound.

Rather than unnecessarily complex explanations mired in mysterious terminology and symbols, the reader is presented with the reasoning, experiments, and mathematics in a casual, conversational, and often comical style. Neither over-simplified nor over-technical, the lucid and entertaining writing will guide the reader from each innocent question to a better understanding of the weird and beautiful universe around us.

Advance praise for Do Colors Exist?:

“Every high school science teacher should have a copy of this book. The individual articles offer enrichment to those students who wish to go beyond a typical ‘dry curriculum’. The articles are very fun. I probably laughed out loud every 2-3 minutes. This is not easy to do. In fact, my children are interested in the book because they heard me laughing so much.

 – Ken Ono, Emory University

About the authors

Seth Cottrell is a mathematical physicist and the creator and co-editor of Ask a Mathematician / Ask a Physicist.

Reviews



Cottrell’s book is a feast for curious minds, particularly those hungry for more equations and deeper mathematical detail than what is usually present in scientific books aimed at a general audience. Representing a sort of dialogue between the author and readers of the website Ask a Mathematician / Ask a Physicist, one finds big questions ranging from reasonable (“What does E=mc2 mean?”) to outlandish (“What would the Earth be like to us if it were a cube?”) to outright mind-bending (“Does quantum mechanics really say there is more than one me?”) — all answered in friendly yet satisfyingly detailed short articles. Readers are sure to finish the book aware of a richer, more nuanced universe, and with many big questions of their own.

Robert Schneider
Department of Mathematics, University of Georgia




“Cottrell’s book is a feast for curious minds, particularly those hungry for more equations and deeper mathematical detail than what is usually present in scientific books aimed at a general audience. Representing a sort of dialogue between the author and readers of the website Ask a Mathematician / Ask a Physicist, one finds big questions ranging from reasonable (“What does E=mc2 mean?”) to outlandish (“What would the Earth be like to us if it were a cube?”) to outright mind-bending (“Does quantum mechanics really say there is more than one me?”) — all answered in friendly yet satisfyingly detailed short articles. Readers are sure to finish the book aware of a richer, more nuanced universe, and with many big questions of their own.” (Robert Schneider, Department of Mathematics, University of Georgia)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Big Things

    Cottrell, Seth Stannard

    Pages 1-68

  • Small Things

    Cottrell, Seth Stannard

    Pages 69-151

  • In-Between Things

    Cottrell, Seth Stannard

    Pages 153-210

  • Not Things

    Cottrell, Seth Stannard

    Pages 211-267

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64361-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64360-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Do Colors Exist?
Book Subtitle
And Other Profound Physics Questions
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64361-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64361-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-64360-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 278
Number of Illustrations
21 b/w illustrations, 190 illustrations in colour
Topics