Contents of the May/June 1999 issue of Quantum
When things fall apart
by Boris KorsunskyExamining the stability of equilibrium.
by A. BiryukovThe physics of tameshiwari.
Nascent non-Euclidean geometry
by N. I. LobachevskyRevisiting Geometric Research on the Theory of Parallels.
Physics Contest: The eyes have it
by Arthur Eisenkraft and Larry D. KirkpatrickEyeball optics come into focus.
In the Lab: Weightlessness in a magic box
by A. DozorovHow to create a weightlessness-indicating light.
Kaleidoscope: Can you trace the rays?
by A. LeonovichAn optical feast for the eyes.
At the Blackboard I: Coalescing droplets
by A. VarlamovWhat factors determine how quickly a pair of droplets fuse?
At the Blackboard II: A rotating capacitor
by A. StasenkoThe inquisitive Trudy places a capacitor in a magnetic field, just to see what will happen.
At the Blackboard III: Numerical data in geometry problems
by S. V. Ovchinnikov and I. F. SharyginSometimes applying particular numbers to a geometry problem yields a simpler solution.
Looking Back: Magnetic personality
by V. KartsevHans Christian Oersted's discovery of a connection between electricity and magnetism.
Musings: Message from Afar
by David ArnsA tongue-in-cheek poetic description of one astronomer's brush with fame when he decodes a message from an extraterrestrial civilization.
Cowculations: Think twice, code once
by Dr. MuDr. Mu ponders sawmill efficiency.
How Do You Figure?: Challenges in Physics and Math
Brainteasers: Just for the Fun of It!Check out this sample!
Crisscross ScienceScientific crossword puzzle.
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