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Why Do Golf Balls Have Dimples? A Book of Weird and Wonderful Science Facts [Kindle Edition]

Wendy Sadler
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Have you ever wondered why golf balls have dimples or why your hair goes frizzy in the rain? Scientist Wendy Sadler has the answers in her book of Weird and Wonderful facts. Broken down into user-friendly chapters like sport, going out, the great outdoors, food and drink and the downright weird, Wendy gives the scientific answers to life's intriguing questions, like

Why toast always lands butter side down
Why you can't get (too) lost with a satnav.


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About the Author

Wendy Sadler is the founding Director of science made simple - the award-winning company which specialises in making science inspirational and fun. She has written 19 books for children, presented science on TV shows including Tomorrow's World and the Alan Titchmarsh show, and is a contributor on BBC Radio Wales. Her company's science shows have toured in 22 countries and appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Wendy is currently employed by Cardiff University.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 220 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press Ltd (15 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LY2JO2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wendy Sadler is the founding Director of science made simple - the award-winning* social enterprise that offers science shows to schools and families across the UK and overseas. Since the company began they have reached over a quarter of a million people with a unique brand of inspiring and entertaining science presentations. The company has a serious mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and to place these subjects within the wider spectrum of popular culture.

Wendy is a physicist with a passion to communicate in unusual and innovative ways. Her aim is to encourage more people to share her love of science, or at least be less scared by it!. Her work includes 19 books for children, research and presenting for three series' of programmes for ITV Wales (What on Earth?), a contributor on BBC Radio Wales, and the production of a non-verbal theatre performance about the beauty of science that has currently toured to 19 countries and appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to critical acclaim.

Wendy has been the National Schools Lecturer for the Institute of Physics and is also employed by Cardiff University as a Schools Liaison Officer. Prior to this she was Education Manager at Techniquest Science Centre for 5 years during which time she was responsible for developing and overseeing content for all public programmes. She is a mentor for the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) public engagement programme, a member of the Science Advisory Council for Wales and a Trustee for the IWA (institute of Welsh Affairs). In addition, she is a partner of 'The Training Group' which specialises in public engagement training for research scientists.

Wendy was awarded the EU Descartes Prize for science communication in 2007- following in the footsteps of previous winners (and personal heroes) Bill Bryson and David Attenborough. In 2008 she was named as a 'Women of Outstanding Achievement' by the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET. She has an MSc in Science Communication (Open University) and a BSc in Physics and Music (Cardiff University). She is also a member of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of Swansea Metropolitan University and the ERA Foundation.


*Awards include:
2009 - Medal for the Public Promotion of Engineering (Royal Academy of Engineering)
2008 - Woman of Outstanding Achievement (UKRC)
2006 - EU Descartes Prize for Science Communication
2006 - Institute of Acoustics award for promotion of acoustics to the public
2005 - Institute of Physics young professional physicist of the year
2004 - Welsh Woman of the Year (Science and Technology)
2004 - WISE excellence award (Women into Science Engineering and Construction)



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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Read 25 Jan. 2012
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I have a few of these type of books already but especially like this one as it's short enough to read on a long train journey, but is crammed with interesting facts. My mum particularly liked the section "Why does hair go frizzy in the rain?"
The questions in the book are more up to date than similar books, like "How does a Nintendo Wii know where my hands are?" and "How lost can I get with a sat nav?" Well worth the price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars book very good 19 Feb. 2014
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book very good and it ansered a lot of things came on time and was just whated just right i think
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 18 Mar. 2014
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Took a while to read this as would not have been able to read it in one sitting. Some very interesting stuff in there though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny science 2 Nov. 2013
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It was a very factual book with lots of funny facts. I bought the to help me with my school work which some facts were very good at it .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabtastic!!!! 4 Oct. 2013
By CathyT
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Amuzing. Fascinating. Had me saying 'Well I never' on a number of occasions and thinking 'I must remember that' If you like Trivial Pursuit you will love it
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4.0 out of 5 stars good for a light hearted read 27 Sept. 2013
By lowey
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A book you can pick up and read for a short while and put down,amusing,informative, and at this price good value
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good giggle 21 Aug. 2013
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Bought for a long coach trip on holiday. It help giggle the hours away. Got some funny looks the amount of laughing I did.
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3.0 out of 5 stars pretty goood 10 Aug. 2013
By tracey
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this book was ok, its not going to set the world on fire but it had some interesting factoids in it, passed the time
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