Inflight Science by Brian Clegg
A Guide to the World From Your Airplane Window

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The perfect companion to any flight - a guide to the science on view from your window seat. There are few times when science is so immediate as when you're in a plane. Your life is in the hands of the scientists and engineers who enable tons of metal and plastic to hurtle through the sky at hundreds of miles an hour. Inflight Science shows how you stay alive up there - but that's only the beginning. Brian Clegg explains the ever changing view, whether it's crop circles or clouds, mountains or river deltas, and describes simple experiments to show how a wing provides lift, or what happens if you try to open a door in midair (don't!). On a plane you'll experience the impact of relativity, the power of natural radiation and the effect of altitude on the boiling point of tea. Among the many things you'll learn is why the sky is blue, the cause of thunderstorms and the impact of volcanic ash in an enjoyable tour of mid-air science. Every moment of your journey is an opportunity to experience science in action: Inflight Science will be your guide.

 

About Brian Clegg

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BRIAN CLEGG holds a physics degree from Cambridge and has written regular columns, features, and reviews for numerous magazines. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children.
 
Published April 7, 2011 by Icon Books Ltd. 224 pages
Genres: Travel, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

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Peter Pesic reviews "Inflight Science: A Guide to the World From Your Airplane
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For instance, Mr. Clegg mentions what has been called the twin paradox: An atomic clock carried on an airplane registers less elapsed time than its stay-at-home twin, though the effect is so small that human travelers cannot detect it in their aging.

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fitting into that publishing niche somewhere between hard science and Schott’s Miscellany that was so successfully exploited by books such as The Cloudspotter’s Guide.” —London Times Book of the WeekEvery moment of your airplane journey is an opportunity to experience ...

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The nerve-calming answers to these questions and many others can be found in this easy-to-pack paperback by Clegg, a science writer and former employee of British Airways.

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