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How many times have you heard someone say possibly one of your children that a particular subject at school is not relevant to them personally In this book, author Helen Czerski attempts to show us how physics affects everyday life Each chapter begins with something everyday something small such as trying to get ketchup from a bottle or stirring a cup of tea From these innocuous springboards, she uses these examples to investigate much greater events in science and technology, using the How many times have you heard someone say possibly one of your children that a particular subject at school is not relevant to them personally In this book, author Helen Czerski attempts to show us how physics affects everyday life Each chapter begins with something everyday something small such as trying to get ketchup from a bottle or stirring a cup of tea From these innocuous springboards, she uses these examples to investigate much greater events in science and technology, using these seemingly simple beginnings Even the chapter titles in this book are delightful You have such titles as, What goes up must come down, Why don t ducks get cold feet and Spoons, Spirals and Sputnik Who can resist Being a child of the Seventies, when science was not a compulsory subject, my scientific knowledge is less than zero, but I found myself enthused by this book She does not dumb down her writing, but simply makes it accessible, understandable and entirely riveting I can honestly say that you will not see everyday things in the same light again if you read this book and so, if you have any interest in how the world works and the strange, amazing patterns within it, give this a try This book is an anomaly, it deals with very technical and complex stuff but tries to take the simple approach to explain said phenomena Physics will always be a complex subject and even though it affects everything inside and around us , there are few people who can name what this subject is about , let alone try to explain it to other people This book tries to fill that gap and explain complex physics fundamentals to the masses us , it succeeds in a way , as some parts of this book were real This book is an anomaly, it deals with very technical and complex stuff but tries to take the simple approach to explain said phenomena Physics will always be a complex subject and even though it affects everything inside and around us , there are few people who can name what this subject is about , let alone try to explain it to other people This book tries to fill that gap and explain complex physics fundamentals to the masses us , it succeeds in a way , as some parts of this book were really fun and you forgot you were actually studying physics, but by taking the simple route you also lose the ability to explain thecomplex stuff of physics which it is what makes that subject so important A delicate balance had been reached by this book, very short of achieving its true goal but coming in very close to it Despite the complexity of physics, this book will make you understand it and love it You observe simple stuff in your daily routine, and never thought about how they work, right Well this book will make you look at life in a different way Physics is for everyone I kept saying wow throughout the book I recommend this book to everyone. Author and PhD Helen Czerski loves physics and wants others to share her enthusiasm She sure won me over This is a thoughtful debut by Czerski, a physicist oceanographer Chock full of tidbits on how why stuff works, she breaks down things that I never even thought about and makes science easily understood Curiosity is human nature and I find myselfcurious of everyday experiences and thinking about things in new ways after reading Helen s book Is it worth payingfor a fluorescent Author and PhD Helen Czerski loves physics and wants others to share her enthusiasm She sure won me over This is a thoughtful debut by Czerski, a physicist oceanographer Chock full of tidbits on how why stuff works, she breaks down things that I never even thought about and makes science easily understood Curiosity is human nature and I find myselfcurious of everyday experiences and thinking about things in new ways after reading Helen s book Is it worth payingfor a fluorescent light Should my sunglasses have polarizing lenses How can I tell a raw egg from a boiled egg without taking off their shells Why isn t my ketchup coming out of the bottle Why does my tea water slosh around when I carry my mug to the other end of the room Why don t ducks get cold feet Well, I never put much thought in about these things nor their physics but now I can amaze my friends with newfound knowledge I could go on and on about the stuff I learned from Helen, but just do yourself a favor and go buy the book Storm in a Teacup lives up to its name the book takes basic, every day phenomena and explains the physics behind the phenomena in an easy and approachable fashion The stand out feature for me was the clarity of explanations aimed at the common person without getting into too much detail while still retaining the core of the physics There are multiple topics covered in the book and within each topic, there are various examples considered This book focuses mainly on newtonian physics which is Storm in a Teacup lives up to its name the book takes basic, every day phenomena and explains the physics behind the phenomena in an easy and approachable fashion The stand out feature for me was the clarity of explanations aimed at the common person without getting into too much detail while still retaining the core of the physics There are multiple topics covered in the book and within each topic, there are various examples considered This book focuses mainly on newtonian physics which is a good bet since that isin line with our common sense.Overall, I will highly recommend this book for people who want to get a basic understanding of physics in the real world without getting into equations or quantum mechanics Advanced readers will not get much of this book though This is physics without the equations, farimmediate and dramatic than the way we usually encounter it in courses Czerski provides a great deal of good, basic knowledge how physics is a part of everything we experience and do Her examples are easy to understand and refreshing.The end of the book, about electromagnetism, gets a bit denser And the conclusion has a history of the world overreach aspect But, these are minor, minor points in an innovative, thoughtful and considerate to re This is physics without the equations, farimmediate and dramatic than the way we usually encounter it in courses Czerski provides a great deal of good, basic knowledge how physics is a part of everything we experience and do Her examples are easy to understand and refreshing.The end of the book, about electromagnetism, gets a bit denser And the conclusion has a history of the world overreach aspect But, these are minor, minor points in an innovative, thoughtful and considerate to readers explication of this basic science One comes away saying why can t anyone else teach physics so clearly The answer is, it takes a remarkable talent to first understand the science with all of its equations , then doubly so to explain it with such immediate, everyday examples.The biology corollary to this book is the beautifully written, unfortunately named Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren |DOWNLOAD E-PUB ♞ La tempesta in un bicchiere: Fisica della vita quotidiana ♾ Pu sembrare un libro di curiosit , invece un libro di fisica Ogni nostra esperienza quotidiana, ogni fenomeno comune, che spesso guardiamo senza passione, nasconde infatti segreti che alla luce delle leggi della fisica diventano improvvisamente comprensibili e molto pi affascinanti di quanto avremmo mai sospettato Attorniati come siamo da libri dedicati alle superstringhe, agli acceleratori di particelle o alla meccanica quantistica, potremmo essere indotti a pensare che la fisica sia una faccenda inesorabilmente tecnica, relegata in laboratori sempre pi avveniristici una questione per soli specialisti Invece, Helen Czerski ci coinvolge col sorriso in decine di storie comuni, dalle onde del mare ai cucchiaini da caff , per raccontarci quanto pu essere bella la fisica, che danza tutt intorno a noi, se solo ci fermiamo a osservarla La fisica, insomma, fa parte della vita di ogni giorno, basta saperla scovare e saperla apprezzare per renderla familiare e bellissima Le pi grandi teorie, le pi complesse e affascinanti congetture, si nascondono negli oggetti pi insospettabili e comuni I venti antartici possono essere spiegati con lo scoppio del popcorn nella padella persino bere da una cannuccia pu essere una buona lezione di fisica, soprattutto se in cattedra c Helen Czerski col suo entusiasmo contagioso Nel nostro bicchiere c un brulichio di molecole, un invisibile e turbolento sfrecciare e scontrarsi di infinite, minuscole biglie un gioco di pressione e temperatura nel quale si nasconde la legge dei gas, il comportamento dei liquidi e molto altro, e non ci si annoia mai Ma se la cannuccia che state provando pi lunga di , metri non c niente da fare, non berrete mai la vostra bibita, neanche con tutta la forza del mondo Lo dice la fisica, leggere per credere Helen Czerski, physicist at University College London s Department of Mechanical Engineering, explains what the physics is behind everyday stuff, like what makes a toaster toast bread or what forces are at work when we stir milk into a serving of tea Amazing I had no idea electromagnetic forces were in the bottom of my toaster, for example I had no idea of why ducks feet do not freeze I had no idea of how the sound of thunder worked that rumble after the initial crash She talks about the Helen Czerski, physicist at University College London s Department of Mechanical Engineering, explains what the physics is behind everyday stuff, like what makes a toaster toast bread or what forces are at work when we stir milk into a serving of tea Amazing I had no idea electromagnetic forces were in the bottom of my toaster, for example I had no idea of why ducks feet do not freeze I had no idea of how the sound of thunder worked that rumble after the initial crash She talks about the soda bubbles and centrifugal forces and gravity and electrons and photons and soundwaves which underlie our activities in kitchens and gardens and oceans I never thought about snail slime, but now I knowabout the physics of slime I knew atoms vibrate, but now I understandvividly how fast or slow that that vibrating is occurring determines so muchabout what form an element takes solid, liquid, gas, and how it makes stuff, like water, glass, clothes drying out, function Storm in a Teacup is an excellent general science book of everyday physics, well written and extremely fun to read Highly recommend Simple explanations, but not at all juvenile or patronizing Subjects are vaguely linked, but the author really seems toor less follow a train of thought than rigidly organize her subjects.Really interesting book Chapters Popcorn and RocketsWhat Goes Up Must Come DownSmall is Beautiful A Moment in TimeMaking WavesWhy Don t Ducks Get Cold Feet Spoons, Spirals, and SputnikWhen Opposites AttractA Sense of PerspectiveIn back are extensive References and Index sections Damn this book is disappointing because it sounds like it could be so good It s scattered, not centered, and feels disorganized Czerski s splainings aren t so clear, skipping from point A to point B then to point Z in leaps and bounds For example, she discusses the strength of air pressure through writing about Otto von Guericke s vacuum pump demonstration for the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III in 1654 This segues into a discussion of the first attempts at mail by rocket, then space rocke Damn this book is disappointing because it sounds like it could be so good It s scattered, not centered, and feels disorganized Czerski s splainings aren t so clear, skipping from point A to point B then to point Z in leaps and bounds For example, she discusses the strength of air pressure through writing about Otto von Guericke s vacuum pump demonstration for the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III in 1654 This segues into a discussion of the first attempts at mail by rocket, then space rockets generally, which she tries to sum up as just molecules bumping into things The rest of the explanations are similarly reductive, chopped up, even discrete VERDICT Isaac Asimov could teach through his writings see Of Time, Space, and Other Things , and authors such as Mary Roach, whose personal approaches take the form of narratives, can be followed and learned from Not so much with this book.Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader s advisory column for men from Library Journal Copyright Library Journal For some people, science can baffle them, they see it as confusing and the domain of experts and specialists In some cases, they are right there are some hideously complicated theories out there that are seeking to explain the finest detail about quarks, string theory and genetics But it needn t be that way, science can explain just how the things that we interact with on a daily basis, work In this, her first book, Czerski takes some well known items, like eggs, popcorn, ducks, Wi Fi, magne For some people, science can baffle them, they see it as confusing and the domain of experts and specialists In some cases, they are right there are some hideously complicated theories out there that are seeking to explain the finest detail about quarks, string theory and genetics But it needn t be that way, science can explain just how the things that we interact with on a daily basis, work In this, her first book, Czerski takes some well known items, like eggs, popcorn, ducks, Wi Fi, magnetism and of course teacups and describes how they work and how they show the inner workings of the physics laws As an introduction to physics and science it is a great little book Czerski has a chatty style of writing as she tell us about the various subjects, whilst unobtrusively slipping the science in under the radar For me it is a bit too general in scope, I tend to preferspecific books, but by making science interesting, andimportantly accessible, this book will appeal even to those that rarely venture into the world of science 3.5 Stars