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Author Czerski, Helen, 1978- author.

Title Storm in a teacup : the physics of everyday life / Helen Czerski.

Publication Info. London : Black Swan, 2017.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Highland CC Stacks - HCCY-13  QC 6 .C94 2016    AVAILABLE
Edition Black Swan edition.
Description 382 pages ; 20 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary 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.
Contents Popcorn and rockets : the gas laws -- What goes up must come down : gravity -- Small is beautiful : surface tension and viscosity -- A moment in time : the march to equilibrium -- Making waves : from water to wifi -- Why don't ducks get cold feet? : the dance of the atom -- Spoons, spirals and Sputnik : the rules of spin -- When opposites attract : electromagnetism -- A sense of perspective.
Subject Physics -- Miscellanea.
Physics. (OCoLC)fst01063025
Genre/Form Miscellanea. (OCoLC)fst01423854
ISBN 9781784160753

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