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Physics In Your Kitchen Lab (Science For Everyone)
Original Title Physics In Your Kitchen Lab (Science For Everyone)
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Physics is an experimental science since it 
studies the fundamental laws of nature by 
direct experimentation
The first step in becoming an accomplished 
physicist is mastering of the techniques of 
physical experimentation.

This book is a collection of articles from the Russian journal Kvant (Quantum). All the issues of Kvant are available freely online in Russian here, and the official website is here. 
As far as I know, there are no translations available. May be in the
future I will try to create an interface wherein we can translate the
articles, into many Indian languages. Actually the Science for Everyone series was originally published in the Russian by series named The Library of Kvant. The preface by the editors makes the purpose of the book very clear.

Editor’s Note
Physics is an experimental science since it studies the fundamental
laws of nature by direct experimentation. The experimenter asks
questions of nature in any experimental work, but only correctly
formulated questions are answered. This means that unless a physical
experiment is set up correctly, the experimenter will not get the
desired results. An experimenter’s skill, therefore, depends on his
ability to formulate experiments correctly. The experimental physics is a
fascinating science, which enables us to understand, explain and,
sometimes, even discover new phenomena in nature. The first step in
becoming an accomplished physicist is mastering of the techniques of
physical experimentation.
Modern experimental physics uses very
sophisticated and expensive apparatus, housed, for the most part, in
large research institutes and laboratories where many of the readers of
this book may one day conduct their own original research. Until then,
however, the engaging experiments described in this book can be
performed right at home. Most of the experiments included here were
first published separately in the journal Kvant. Just as “a picture is
worth a thousand words”, an experiment once performed is worth a
thousand  descriptions of one. It is recommended, therefore, that
readers  perform the experiments described themselves. The means for
this are readily available, and it should soon become obvious that 
experimentation is a captivating pastime. The experiments presented here
need not be confining, they may be varied and expanded, providing, i n
this way, an opportunity for real scientific investigation.
The book
is dedicated to Georgii Ivanovich Kosourov, one of the founding fathers
of Kvant. Kosourov, who edited the experimental section of the journal
in its first year of publication,
has contributed several very
interesting articles to this collection. Among the other authors of this
book are a number of famous physicists, as well as young researchers
just beginning their careers. We hope this book will fascinate not only
students already interested in physics who intend to make it their
lifework but also the friends to whom they demonstrate the experiments
in a laboratory made right at home.

Thanks Anish.Dot for this book.

The editorial board of this book is like a roll call of distinguished physicists:

Academician I.K. Kikoin (chairman),
Academician A.N. Kolmogorov (deputy chairman),
I.Sh. Slobodetskii (scientific secretary), Cand. So. (Phys.-Math.),
Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR A.A. Ahrikosov,
Academician B.K. Vainstein,
Honoured teacher of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic B.V. Vozdvizhenskii,
Academician V.M. Glushkov,
Academician P.L. Kapitsa,
Prof. S.P. Kapitsa,
Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR Yu.A. Osipyan,
Corresponding member of the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of the USSR V.G. Razumovskii,
Academician R.Z. Sagdeev,
Academician M.L. Smolyanski,
Cand. Sc. (Chem.), Prof. Ya.A. Smorodinskii,
Academician S.L. Sobolev,
Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR D.K. Phaddeev,
Corresponding member of the Academy of Sclences of the USSR I.S. Shklovskii.

The
collection of articles is really great, though I have not tried all the
experiments 🙂 The book was translated from the Russian by A. Zilberman
and published by Mir first in 1985. Following is the list of
experiments:

Editor’s Note 7
A Demonstration of Weightlessness 9 by A . Dozorou
A Cartesian Diver 12 by A . Vilenkin
An Automatic Siphon 13 by V . Mayer and N . Nazarov
Exercises 17
Vortex Rings17 by R . W . Wood
On Vortex Rings 23 by S. Shabanov and V. Shubin


Tornado Models 33 by V. Mayer
The Aerodynamics of Boomerangs 37 by Felix Hess
A Hydrodynamic Mechanism in a Falling Test Tube 51 by G.Z. Pokrovsky
An Instructive Experiment with a Cumulative Jet 53 by V. Mayer
Exercises 54
Magic with Physics 56 by V . Mayer and E . Mamaeva
A Drop on a Hot Surface 58 by M . Golubev and A . Kagalenko
Surface Tension Draws a Hyperbola 61 by I. Vorobiev
Experiments with a Spoonful of Broth 64 by V. Mayer
How to Grow a Crystal 71 by M. Kliya
Crystals Made of Spheres 74 by G. Kosourov
A Bubble Model of Crystal 85 by Yo. Geguzin
Determining the Poles of a Magnet 99 by B. Aleinikov
A Peculiar Pendulum 101 by N. Minz
Lissajous Figures by N. Minz


Exercises 118
Waves in a Flat Plate (Interference) 118 by A . Kosourov
How to Make a Ripple Tank to Examine Wave Phenomena 128 by  C.L. Stong
An Artificial Representation of a Total Solar Eclipse 140 by R . W . Wood
Believe It or Not 144 by G. Kosourov
Colour Shadows 150 by B . Kogan
What Colour Is Brilliant Green? 152 by E . Pal’chikov An Orange Sky 154 by G. Kosourov
The Green Red Lamp 161 by V. Mayer
Measuring Light Wavelength with a Wire 164 by N. Rostovtsev
Exercises 172
Measuring Light with a Phonograph Record  172 by A . Bondar
A Ball for a Lens 177 by G. Kosourov


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Physics In Your Kitchen Lab (Science For Everyone) | I. K. Kikoin
Physics In Your Kitchen Lab (Science For Everyone) Original Title Physics In Your Kitchen
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Physics In Your Kitchen Lab (Science For Everyone) Original Title Physics In Your Kitchen
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