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By Yakov Perelman

Released in 1913, a best-seller within the Thirties and lengthy out of print, Physics for leisure was once translated from Russian into many languages and encouraged technological know-how scholars world wide. between them used to be Grigori Yakovlevich Perelman, the Russian mathematician (unrelated to the author), who solved the Poincaré conjecture, and who used to be offered and rejected the Fields Medal. Grigori’s father, an electric engineer, gave him Physics for leisure to inspire his son’s curiosity in arithmetic. within the foreword, the book’s writer describes the contents as “conundrums, brain-teasers, exciting anecdotes, and unforeseen comparisons,” including, “I have quoted generally from Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Mark Twain and different writers, simply because, in addition to delivering leisure, the wonderful experiments those writers describe may function instructive illustrations at physics classes.” The book’s issues incorporated how one can bounce from a relocating vehicle, and why, “according to the legislations of buoyancy, we might by no means drown within the useless Sea.” principles from this publication are nonetheless utilized by technology lecturers this day.

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