Category Physics For The Coffee Table

Physics for the Coffee Table – Quiz # 7 – Seven Winners!

Situation I had the privilege last week to address a large audience at the Royal Aeronautical Society at the Engineering School at Cambridge University in the UK.   (click here for more information). The next morning Dr Hugh Hunt (Department of Engineering) showed my son Alexander and I around the Trinity College and the Trinity Clock Tower. We […]


Put your thinking caps on again. The Physics for the Coffee Table (PFTCT) Quiz number Seven will be broadcast on Wednesday 4th December at: 7 am-  New York 4 am – Los Angeles noon – London 1 pm – Paris 8 pm – Singapore 11 pm – Sydney Good luck!

Bio-Mimicry of Shaking Dogs (version 2)

See also QF32 Biomimicry Richard Hammond’s Miracles Of Nature Biomimicry You don’t have to be a dog lover to be awe struck by this fantastic video of dogs shaking themselves dry.   Their seemingly simply movements generate up to 70 G accelerations that “centrifuge” the hair 70% dry in just a few seconds. Why is the […]

BioMimicry, Red Kites & 101 Club

BioMimicry BioMimicry is the study by biologists, scientists and engineers of the mechanisms and strategies of the living world, with the aim to apply them to human machines. Predators must be tougher and faster than their prey, so creatures on top of the food chain such as raptors and sharks  show us where we can adapt […]

PFTCT – Quiz # 6 – No Winners This Week!

Question # 6 See also:   Physics for the Coffee Table (PFTCT) Situation A major city (population 5 million) is planning to build a new airport at a new location inside the city.  Two sites are proposed: one beside the ocean and one twenty kilometers  inland from the ocean. Consider the noise levels originating from aircraft […]

Physics for the Coffee Table

About Physics for the Coffee Table Richard wrote a book in the late 1980s called “Physics For the Coffee Table”  (PFTCT). The book (or series of books) consisted of many seemingly basic questions about day to day events that had counter-intuitive answers. The book was inspired by a remarkable physicist by the name of Professor Julius Sumner […]