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Guesstimation 2.0

This is the follow up to Guesstimation. I found the range of questions interesting. I particularly enjoyed the astronomical and materials motivated questions. This book shows how thoughtful approximation and simple arithmetic can provide insights into the world around us and the limits imposed by physical laws and our perceptions.

I enjoyed the exploration of height of mountains, feeling trees with bullets, the death by netrinos from supernova, the hazards of space travel at close to light speed, the effects of tidal forces. The exploration of posited “green” solutions and behaviours was instructive.

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  1. May 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm
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