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Fizzics: The Science of Bubbles, Droplets, and Foams

Popular Science

By: F Ronald Young

144 pages, 10 col photos, 42 halftones, 22 illus

Johns Hopkins University Press

Paperback | Jun 2011 | #190261 | ISBN-13: 9780801898921
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Hardback | Jun 2011 | #190262 | ISBN-13: 9780801898914
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About this book

Bubbles are everywhere - in water and in air, made from soap and from gas. They are referenced in literature and sung about in songs, and they're even the subject of great works of art.

F. Ronald Young's far-reaching survey of the humble bubble explores the complex behavior of these seemingly simple objects. If you stop to think about it, bubbles and droplets are cornerstones of the world around us. They are the reason that dolphins cannot swim faster, that the sky is blue, and that coffee rings form. They are essential to knowing how atom smashers work, how detergents clean dishes, and how to pour a perfect pint.

Beyond these basics, the author shows how humans have put bubbles to use throughout history. Whether in technology - making fire-fighting foams and waterproof makeup - or in medicine - cleaning wounds and clarifying ultrasounds - bubbles are capable of more than most of us have imagined.

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F. Ronald Young, a retired senior lecturer in physics from Watford Technical College, is an authority in bubble-related science and author of Cavitation and Sonoluminescence.

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