The Science of Everyday Life: An Entertaining and Enlightening Examination of Everything We Do and Everything We See

Skyhorse
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The hidden science behind an average day, from breakfast to bedtime—from an author who “puts the fizz in physics” (Entertainment Weekly).
 
In their ongoing quest to figure out how the world and everything in it works, scientists have provided us with knowledge that we can apply to our own lives—to better understand and enhance our performance in daily activities as varied as cooking, home improvement, sports, and even dunking a doughnut.
 
Following the routine of a normal day, from coffee and breakfast to shopping, household chores, sports, a drink, supper, and a bath, we see how the seemingly mundane can provide insight into the most profound scientific questions. Some of the topics included are the art and science of dunking; how to boil an egg; how to tally a supermarket bill; the science behind hand tools, catching a ball, or throwing a boomerang; the secrets of haute cuisine and bath (or beer) foam; and the physics of sex.
 
The Science of Everyday Life is not only a fun look at the science behind familiar experiences; it’s also an enlightening read about what scientists do, why they do it, and how they go about it.
 
“Vastly entertaining and informative.” —Booklist
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Skyhorse
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Published on
May 1, 2011
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9781628721096
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Language
English
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Genres
Humor / Form / Trivia
Science / Mechanics / Dynamics
Science / Reference
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