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Contents of the January/February 1999 issue of Quantum 

Feature articles

Satellite aerodynamic paradox

by A. Mitrofanov

Examining the forces affecting objects in near-Earth orbits.

Art by Pavel Chernusky

The anthropic principle

by A. Kuzin

A key to deciphering the Universe?

Prime time

by G. A. Galperin

These numerical oddities exhibit a lack of factors.

As easy as (a, b, c)?

by S. M. Voronin and A. G. Kulagin

Searching for Pythagorean triples.


Physics Contest: Sportin’ life

by Larry D. Kirkpatrick and Arthur Eisenkraft

Analyzing the trajectories of a basketball or a broad jumper can help us appreciate athletics.

In the Lab: Cold boiling

by S. Krotov and A. Chernoutsan

Can we boil water by cooling it?

At the Blackboard I: The problem of eight points

by N. B. Vasiliev

Sometimes a problem with a simple statement has a complicated solution.

At the Blackboard II: Another perpetual motion project?

by A. Stasenko

Can the proposed device truly be considered a perpetual motion device? Judge for yourself.

Looking Back: Bohr’s quantum leap

by A. Korzhuyev

Revisiting the early days of quantum theory.

Musings: The Lorentz/FitzGerald diet

by David Arns

A poem.

Cowculations: Hula hoop

by Dr. Mu

Dr. Mu takes a Hawaiian vacation, gyrates on Waki-Kowa Beach, and poses a Mathematica animation problem.

How Do You Figure?: Challenges in Physics and Math

Brainteasers: Just for the Fun of It!

Check out this sample!

Crisscross Science

Scientific crossword puzzle.


Bulletin Board.

Answers, Hints & Solutions

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