About Pumping-Physics

Why are some substances solid, others are liquid? Why do ships made of iron swim? How cold is it in space? What concerns and fascinates ourselves are not the everyday objects. And physics proves to be a perfect base for better understanding our world affected by natural science and technical matters.

Pumping Physics encourages us to concern with those questions by focusing on interesting often exciting issues which are especially comprehensible for laymen. The topics are presented as short, specific questions with a couple of multiple choice answers.

Clear, concrete problems are leading step by step through difficult terrain and deliver the skills to reproduce the answers by ourselves.

Written with expertise and a lot of fun and with over 350 partly coloured illustrations the reading will never by stressful. Even physics can be funny.


Curiousness and the desire to understand the world seemingly lay in the nature of human beings. Not only modern people observe, collect and arrange things. This curiosity always led mankind to new insights and discoveries. The aim of all natural science, in particular of physics, is  to find a most precise as well as simple description of natural phenomenon

What concerns and fascinates ourselves are not the everyday objects. How evolved the atom model as we know it today? … Why should I distinguish between mass and weight? … If you are asking yourself questions like these, this book will basically provide the tools and teach the methods for better understanding the answers.

We are often rather helpless when confronted with an increasingly complex world, in which more and more knowledge is piled up. Everyone who is engaged in this field of natural science and technique, feels a permanently growing thirst for knowledge. The only help against this is the active study of the problems and this book supports you.

For identifying the essentials the physical principals and concepts, special knowledge and theory or too much technicality is not necessary. All this is therefore left in this book. Also maths, often seen as seen as the language of physics, should rarely appear. Even basic school maths allows us to understand the most important laws resp. the predication of formulas in physics. With formulas you better come to the point as with long explanations. And powerful laws like Newtons  or Einsteins  stand on its own.

The focus is on problems which are easy to reproduce by interested laymen. Our everyday life, our next surroundings are offering a rich reservoir of illustrative examples. But the issue is not just knowledge transfer, it is much more about: to think as a natural scientist.

The matter is based on the classical disciplines of physics. Mechanics is still the safe way to start. Then followed by fluids and gases, a field in which many everyday problems come across. The sometimes surprisingly phenomenon of heat gets a lot of attention. With a comprehensible derivation of the up to date atom model ends the book.

An extensive index makes this volume proper for looking-up certain terms.

Terms and physical quantities will be introduced when appearing the first time, either separately or with a proper example (question).

One or two pages text inserts mix up the continuously structured text. In these passages appropriate continuing information will be found. Along single topics the way from the ancient Greece to modern natural science will be outlined.

Nevertheless physics, i.e. learning to think as a natural scientist is always in the centre of attention…

Smartly illustrated and written with expertise and a dash of humour.

…thereby reading will never be stressful.