101 Bets You Will Always Win: The Science of the Seemingly - download pdf or read online

By Richard Wiseman

ISBN-10: 1509824014

ISBN-13: 9781509824014

What could you do if a person guess you they can stability a coin at the fringe of a banknote, stroll via a postcard, or make you progress your limbs during the strength of advice? might you're taking that bet?

From Richard Wiseman, the author of the 350-million-view YouTube phenomenon, Quirkology, comes an exhilarating mixture of lateral considering, magic tips and scintillating technology stunts that's bound to entice curious minds everywhere.

Using merely your physique and daily loved ones gadgets, a hundred and one Bets you'll always Win is either a realistic consultant and illuminating exploration of the interesting technology that underpins those possible very unlikely challenges.

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RUN AWAY Sprinkle some pepper into a bowl of water and challenge your friend to make the pepper move towards the edge of the bowl. To win the bet, simply place some washing-up liquid on your fingertip and touch the water. The pepper will magically move away towards the edge of the bowl. The molecules on the surface of the water cling on to each other very strongly, causing it to act a bit like the skin of an inflated balloon. This ‘surface tension’ is broken when it comes into contact with the washing-up liquid, in the same way that a balloon bursts when it is pricked with a pin.

It sounds simple, but they will always end up with more than two pieces, and you will win the bet! This bet has baffled many great minds, including the bongo-playing scientist Richard Feynman. In 2005 two French physicists solved the mystery using high-speed cameras, lots of equations and a trolleyful of spaghetti. In their report, ‘Fragmentation of Rods by Cascading Cracks: Why Spaghetti Does Not Break in Half’, they explain how the first break creates a fast-moving shock wave that travels along the two newly formed spaghetti pieces and causes additional breaks.

A split second after the Big Bang the entire universe was the size of a pea. • In the time it took you to read this sentence, a million billion neutrinos from the sun have passed through your body. A NOVEL BET Take two books and weave the pages together. Now challenge your friend to pull the books apart by holding the spines and tugging hard. No matter how hard they try, they will fail and you will win the bet. Each page of the book has friction against a page above and below it. Since the pages in most books are surprisingly rough, and the combined surface area across all of the pages is huge, a massive amount of friction is created and it’s nearly impossible to pull the two books apart by hand.

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