Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 16 - Think and Explain - Page 317-318: 51


Wood is a poor heat conductor whether it is cold or hot, even in the form of smoldering, red-hot coals. Yes, you can safely walk across a bed of red-hot wooden coals (but don't!). Not much heat is conducted into your feet if you step quickly. Walking on red-hot iron coals would be a bad idea, because heat is easily conducted to your feet and you will suffer a bad burn. This is discussed on page 303.
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