July 01, 2002
Beach Physics Puzzles

MSNBC and Newsweek have published an interesting article on Beach physics puzzles -- "Consider the hours you’ve spent searching for the perfect skipping stone. If engineers would just tell us what one looks like, we’d find them more quickly, thus increasing fun efficiency. Alas, the physics aren’t simple. The stone spins, which is complicated enough, and it strikes water, which adds turbulence to the equation. Surely, though, the rocket scientists at NASA have cracked tougher problems?"

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