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.
'What a lovely little book this is: the ultimate holiday read before the holiday's even begun.... Author Brian Clegg clearly understands that science is only as dry as the ivy-covered professors who make it so.' Word Magazine
Brian Clegg lehrt Naturwissenschaften an der Universität Cambridge. Er ist Mitglied der Royal Society of Arts, halt regelmäßig Vorträge an anderen hochkarätigen Universitäten und schreibt für verschiedene Magazine. Seine Radio- und TV-Beiträge sind legendär. Er gilt als einer der brillantesten Science-Autoren weltweit.