The Cartoon Guide to Physics

December 21, 2008

I bought The Cartoon Guide to Physics from Barnes & Nobel.  This is basically a melding of graphic novel and science books.  It explains motion, and gravity and all the goods. I highly recommend it. Most of it’s subject matter is a refresher, but it moves at such a pleasantly slow and enjoyable pace that it gives the physics time to sink in.

I just learned about how the tides work:  When the oceans are closer to the sun then they are the center of the Earth, they are pulled towards the moon causing the tides to rise.  When the Earth spins around to the opposite side, the moon this time, pulls the Earth away from the oceans, again causing the tide to rise.  Then when you add the sun, the tides get even more exciting, check out the animation below:

During this particular Barnes & Nobel trip, I also picked up a signed copy of Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now.

I had never heard of the author or the book before so the signed attribute was just a happy extra.  I browsed through it and it looked like a fun read.  Tomorrow we’re leaving for Ashley’s Parents hosue.  We’ll be spending 2 nights with her parents and then moving on to my Mom on Christmas Eve.  These trips usually mean lots of sleep, lots of reading, lots of good eats, and lots of family time, sounds like good times.

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