Do Colors Exist?

And Other Profound Physics Questions

  • Seth Stannard Cottrell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Seth Stannard Cottrell
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  3. Seth Stannard Cottrell
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  5. Seth Stannard Cottrell
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 269-278

About this book


Why do polished stones look wet? How does the Twin Paradox work? Why are orbits ellipses? How can we be sure that pi never repeats? How does a quantum computer break encryption? Discover the answers to these, and other profound physics questions!

This fascinating book presents a collection of articles based on conversations and correspondences between the author and complete strangers about physics and math. The author, a researcher in mathematical physics, responds to dozens of questions posed by inquiring minds from all over the world, ranging from the everyday to the profound.

Rather than unnecessarily complex explanations mired in mysterious terminology and symbols, the reader is presented with the reasoning, experiments, and mathematics in a casual, conversational, and often comical style. Neither over-simplified nor over-technical, the lucid and entertaining writing will guide the reader from the each innocent question to a better understanding of the weird and beautiful universe around us.

Advance praise for Do Colors Exist?:
Every high school science teacher should have a copy of this book. The individual articles offer enrichment to those students who wish to go beyond a typical ‘dry curriculum’. The articles are very fun. I probably laughed out loud every 2-3 minutes. This is not easy to do. In fact, my children are interested in the book because they heard me laughing so much.
 – Ken Ono, Emory University


Popular science Quantum physics Relativity Quantum information Philosophy of science Philosophy of math

Authors and affiliations

  • Seth Stannard Cottrell
    • 1
  1. 1.New YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser, Cham
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-64360-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-64361-8
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