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Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life Paperback – 20 Apr 2018
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A delightful book on the joys and universality of physics. Czerski brings our humdrum everyday world to life, showing us that it is just as fascinating as anything that can be seen by the Hubble Telescope or created at the large Hadron Collider.--Jim Al-Khalili, author of Life on the Edge
Helen Czerski's engaging debut book seeks to demystify physics in everyday life, so whether you know your refraction from your reflection, or find the entire subject incomprehensible, this should be an invaluable primer.
Excellent... an ideal gift for any scientifically inquisitive person, including children or adults who retain a child's sense of wonder. Robert Hooke would have loved it.--John Gribbin
In an age when any questions we have about the workings of the world are instantly answerable via Google, physicist Czerski pushes us to resist the search engine.... [W]hy not learn some simple physics so that you can try to puzzle things out for yourself?
Storm in a Teacup is a course in physics, but it's less like a classroom than a long walk with a patient, charming, and very, very learned friend. Czerski has a remarkable knack for finding scientific wonders under every rock, alongside every raindrop, and inside every grain of sand. --Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
This book is charming, accessible and enthusiastic. Helen invites you in to see the world through her eyes and understand how a physicist think. It's a wonderful way to discover the hidden scientific connections behind the ordinary and everyday.--Hannah Fry, author of Hello World
About the Author
Helen Czerski is a physicist at University College London's Department of Mechanical Engineering, and a science presenter for BBC. She writes a monthly column for BBC Focus magazine called "Everyday Science" that was shortlisted for a Professional Publishers Association award.
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Can recommend this book for the person who knows about physcis and for the person who doesn't.
Incomplete narrative explanations that seemed to ostentatiously avoid the nuances necessary to really understand the importance and wonder of the concepts she relays.
If the book were aimed at bookish 10-14 year olds, I could understand the way it's written and the way the information is presented but, I'm afraid, if you read this book as an adult and find it anything more than appalling, you probably never paid attention in science classes at school, or read any popular science books since. Even Jim Al Khalili's books are less annoying than this.
And the tone. It's so patronising! Utterly dreadful. I had to stop halfway through for a long break lest I threw it in the bin.
Helen has a brilliant way with metaphor and relates the complex in not only a simple but memorable way.
Well worth the extra for the audio book, the narrator has a wonderful gentle northern accent.
Firstly, it is very much a basic introduction to the small-scale physics of the everyday world, a subject anyone who has any level of education in the subject will be sufficiently familiar with that there wuill be nothing new within these pages.
Secondly, there are too many isntances where a subject is being covered, and the author jumps, without warning, section-break, or even neatly wrapping the preceeding thought, to some anecdote or historical background.