Hidden Wonders: The Subtle Dialogue Between Physics and Elegance

Hidden Wonders: The Subtle Dialogue Between Physics and Elegance

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Author/Contributor(s): Guyon, Etienne ; Bico, Jose ; Reyssat, Etienne ; Roman, Benoit
Publisher: MIT Press
Date: 02/23/2021
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
The hidden elegance in everyday objects and physical mechanisms, from crumpled paper to sandcastles.

Hidden Wonders focuses on the objects that populate our everyday life--crumpled paper, woven fabric, a sand pile--but looks at them with a physicist's eye, revealing a hidden elegance in mundane physical mechanisms. In six chapters--Builders, Creating Shapes, Building with Threads, From Sand to Glass, Matter in Motion, and Fractures--the authors present brief stories, set in locales ranging from the Eiffel Tower to a sandcastle, that illustrate the little wonders hidden in the ordinary. A simple experiment that readers can perform at home concludes each story. More than 200 illustrations bring the stories to life.