The book in your hands develops the best traditions of Russian scientific popular literature. Written in a clear and captivating manner by working theoretical physicists, who are, at the same time, dedicated popularizers of scientific knowledge, it brings to the reader the latest achievements in quantum solid-state physics, but along the way also shows how the laws of physics reveal themselves even in seemingly trivial episodes concerning the natural phenomena around us. Most importantly, it shows that we live in a world where scientists are capable of "proving harmony with algebra". - A A Abrikosov, 2003 Nobel Prize Winner in PhysicsThe third edition is considerably extended with three new chapters where the author discusses exciting examples of applications of recent achievements of physics in medicine, nanotechnologies, and physics in cuisine.
Outdoor Physics: Meandering Down to the Sea; Rivers from Lakes; The Oceanic Phone Boots; In the Blue; The Moon-Glades; The Fucault Pendulum and the Baer Law; The Moon-Brake; Saturday Night Physics: Why the Violin Sings; The Chiming and Silent Goblets; The Bubble and the Droplet; The Mysteries of the Magic Lamp; The Water Mike or About One Invention of Alexander Bell's; How the Waves Transmit Information; Why the Electric Power Lines are Droning; The Footprints on the Sand; How to Prevent Snowdrifts; The Incident on the Train; Physics in the Kitchen: Ab(Out) Ovo; Macaroni, Spaghetti, and Physics; Waiting for the Tea-Kettle to Boil; The Physics of Good Coffee; "Nunc Est Bibendum": Physicists Talk Around Glasses of Wine; Windows to the Quantum World: The Uncertainty Principle; On Snowballs, Nuts, Bubbles and - Liquid Helium; Superconductivity Passion at the End of the Millenium; What is a SQUID; Superconducting Magnets; What is the Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Towards Quantum Computer.