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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Getting started early with the Flying Circus of Physics.

Dr. Mary Jane Saunders, President of Florida Atlantic University

My student, Becky, on tour with the National Guard

Poster by
Red Horse Signs
crafted by Shaker Corners
Lynnwood WA



The Facebook FCP site contains my old television shows and guest appearances, brand-new videos that I am producing about FCP topics, photos, and the FCP newsletters. Come visit (you do not need to be a member of Facebook) and consider signing up as a fan to the site:
You can leave comments and suggestions. The first in the series of new videos is about the Cheerios effect.

You can also visit my personal Facebook site but that requires that you be a member of Facebook.

New items in the store

More tee-shirts, a tote bag, and a wall clock (yes, a clock!), all with the Flying Circus of Physics cover on them, are available in the store. The link takes you to the FCP part of ---the home of thousands of such items, including hundreds of physics tee-shirts produced by many vendors. (I thought the clock would be pretty silly, but I bought two of them and like them so much that they are both on my office wall.)

Also new is a golf shirt and a mug with the motto from the textbook that I write: "Got Physics Courage?". Many of you use that textbook and have seen the motto in the sample problems or have heard me say it in the minilectures that come within the web-delivery system associated with the textbook. Regardless of which textbook you use, you know that after getting hit in the head with a really tough physics exam, you need physics courage to keep on going. (In my four years at MIT, I became an expert at getting hit in the head with physics exams. In fact, my head still hurts. Someday maybe I'll tell you about it.) 

Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, German, French, and Korean translations of The Flying Circus of Physics

Parts 1 and 2 of the Italian translation are available at
The Portuguese translation is available at
The German translation is available at  .
The French translation of the second edition has been published as two books, the first of which is available at
The Korean translation is available at
The orthodox Chinese translations is in three parts at .
Translations currently in progress: Greek, Serbian, and Estonian



Visitation to this site

This site began in June 2006. In its first 2.5 years of operation, it had over 280,000 visits and over 2 million hits from over 170 countries, with over 440,000 page views and at a total bandwidth of over 82 GB. 


How to see inside the Flying Circus of Physics book for free has a facility where you can open up the second edition of the book and see what I wrote. To do this, click on "Store" in the menu here at the left, click on the image of the book (as opposed to the "buy now" button), and then when the Amazon page comes up, click on the "Search Inside" button below the image of the book's cover. Click on the "Front Cover" option and then, even if the screen says the image is not available, use the short arrows on the right side to click through the pages.

New stuff every month

Around the first day of every month, I add more links and more stories to this web site. So, if you like this Flying Circus of Physics stuff, come back every now and then, and consider either borrowing the book (the new, second edition) from your library or buying it (you can use the “Store” button in the menu at the left to jump to 

Ripley's Believe It or Not

Sending me stuff at Cleveland State University

If you want to send me ideas, suggestions, or anything else, use the email signup link (you need to reveal your email address btu I am the only one who will see it), use the blogger link in the menu at the left (you need to register), or post a note on the Flying Circus of Physics site at Facebook:
Here are my mailing address and fax/phone number:
Jearl Walker
Physics Dept
Cleveland State University
Cleveland OH 44115  USA

USA phone/fax number:   216 687 2424

My Scientific American articles in German

Nineteen of my Amateur Scientist articles in Scientific American are available in German at these links: Fahrphysik im Freizeitpark Sonne mit Flecken Domino – Spiel mit Folgen Physikalische Spielereien mit Knoten Ruckprall-Ballsport Bowling Himmelsfarbung Optik in der Pfutze Fischperspektive Wasserbarometer Poissonfiguren Wasserlaufer Lochkamera Hohe Ballsprunge Kaleidoskope Gekoppelte Pendel Notbremsung Ratselhafte Kreisel Optische Spannungsanalyse


Audio version of The Flying Circus of Physics

For those who qualify, an audio version of the book is available at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the US Library of Congress . Scroll down to "Quick search of the online catalog" and then enter "Walker Jearl" as my name.

Reviews of the book

The Physics Teacher, which is a publication of the American Association of Physics Teachers:
April 2007, Professor Edward Adelson of Ohio State University writes, "Because of its usefulness in exciting student interest, this book belongs in the library of everyone who teaches high school or college physics as well as in the school library." And he also writes, "It is easy for a physicist to become immersed in this book and ignore colleagues, spouse, children, and earthquakes." You can see the full review at

Professor Hendrik Geyer in Die Burger, which is a newspaper in Suid-Afrika

Professor John Lienhard of the University of Houston has devoted one of the radio spots in his series "Engines of Our Ingenuity" to the Flying Circus. You can hear the audio and read the transcript at 
He talks about the very first version of the Flying Circus and mentions the new edition. He has also got a nifty photo of a fog bow. Then, click on "home" at the bottom of the page and start listening to the thousands of other radio spots he has made over the years, all excellent.

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