[ Information | Background | The CyberTeaser | Quantum News | Miscellaneous Stuff ] Contents of the July/August 1996 issue of QuantumFeature articlesA Venusian Mysteryby Vladimir SurdinFunny thing about Venus—it doesn’t rotate in the same direction as, say, Earth or Mars. It rotates “backwards.” And scientists still haven’t quite figured out why. Infinite Descentby Lev Kurlyandchik and Grigory RozenblumeA brief display of the power of this technique (a close relative of mathematical induction). The Power of the Sun and Youby V. Lange and T. LangeWe all know that the Sun puts out a lot of power. But when it comes to power per unit mass, who wins—our local star or our Quantum reader? Spinning Gold from Strawby S. Artyomov, Y. Gimatov, and V. FyodorovMathematical logic turns two secrets into one certainty. A mathematician tells one colleague the sum of two numbers, another colleague the product of the same two numbers. How did the colleagues manage to discover the numbers after the seemingly pointless conversation recorded in the article? DepartmentsKaleidoscope: What’s the Best Answer?Problems where you don’t just want to get the right answer, but the one with the witty twist. At the Blackboard: While the Water Evaporates …by Mikhail Anfimov and Alexey ChernoutsanAn attempt to calculate the rate of evaporation on the basis of a thought experiment. Math Investigations: Finding the Family Resemblanceby George BerzsenyiA call for help in categorizing so-called “integer representation problems.” Physics Contest: Boing, Boing, Boing …by Arthur Eisenkraft and Larry D. KirkpatrickWhat happens to a bouncing ball after the second bounce on an inclined plane, and the third, and the fourth . . . Follow-up: Dragon the OmnipresentAnother look at the “dragon curves” (creatures found by Chandler and Knuth) introduced to Quantum readers in the September/October 1995 issue. In the Lab: Osmosis the Magnificentby Norayr ParavyanA home-made osmometer and a question of strength—and endurance. Toy Store: The World Puzzle Championshipby Vladimir DubrovskyA report on the 1995 convocation in Romania and problems from Brno (1993) and Brasov (1995). How Do You Figure?: Challenges in Physics and MathBrainteasers: Just for the Fun of It!HappeningsCrisscross ScienceScientific crossword puzzle. Answers, Hints & SolutionsIndex (1995–96)Quantum Control Panel Copyright © 1996 National
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