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Storm in a teacup : the physics of everyday life
Storm in a teacup : the physics of everyday life
Czerski, Helen, 1978-2016
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A physicist explains daily phenomena from the mundane to the magisterial. Take a look up at the stars on a clear night and you get a sense that the universe is vast and untouchable, full of mysteries beyond comprehension. But did you know that the key to unveiling the secrets of the cosmos is as close as the nearest toaster? In Storm in a Teacup, Helen Czerski provides the tools to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, like popcorn popping, coffee stains, and fridge magnets, to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis, or innovative medical testing. She guides us through the principles of gases, gravity, size and time. She provides answers to vexing questions: How does water travel from the roots of a redwood tree to its crown? How do ducks keep their feet warm when walking on ice? Why does milk, when added to tea, look like billowing storm clouds? In an engaging voice at once warm and witty, Czerski shares her stunning breadth of knowledge to lift the veil of familiarity from the ordinary. You may never look at your toaster the same way.
Imprint:
London : Bantam, 2016
Collation:
301 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
Popcorn and rockets -- What goes up must come down -- Small is beautiful -- A moment in time -- Making waves -- Why don't ducks get cold feet? -- Spoons, spirals and Sputnik -- When opposites attract -- A sense of perspective.
ISBN:
9780593075432
Dewey class:
530
Language:
English
Added title:
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Brighton LibraryScience and Technology530 CZEAvailable
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