Preface. Chapter 1. Slipping Between Falling Drops. (Motion). Chapter 2. Racing on the Ceiling, Swimming Through Syrup. (Fluids). Chapter.3. Hiding Under the Covers, Listening or the Monsters. (Sound). Chapter 4. Striking at the Heat in the Night. (Thermal Processes). Chapter 5. Ducking First a Roar and Then a Flash. (Electricity and Magnetism). Chapter 6. Splashing Colors Everywhere, Like a Rainbow. (Optics). Chapter 7. Armadillos Dancing Against a Swollen Moon. (Vision). Index.
Jearl Walker, professor of physics at Cleveland State University, received his BS in physics from MIT in 1967 and his PhD in physics from University of Maryland in 1973. His book The Flying Circus of Physics was published 30 years ago, has been translated into at least 10 languages, and is still being sold world wide. For 16 years he toured his Flying Circus talk throughout the U.S. and Canada, introducing such physics stunts as the bed-of-nails demonstration and the walking-on-hot-coals demonstration to countless physics teachers, who then proceeded to hurt themselves when they repeated the stunts in their own classrooms. These talks led to his PBS television show Kinetic Karnival which ran nationally for years and which earned an Emmy.