As he does so he explains exactly what happens when you put metal in a microwave (the electric field inside the oven causes the metal to heat up like a light bulb filament) and why getting the juice from chilli peppers in your eye is so painful (the peppers contain a chemical that fools your nerve-endings into behaving as though they've been burnt). From there he goes on to show how these simple events form part of a pattern of scientific principles that govern everything around us.
If you want to find out how a diesel engine is able to run on chip fat or why lightning actually does strike the same place twice, The Undercover Scientist has all the answers.
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Everything discussed I would have classed more as general knowledge rather than science specifically. Too simple even for pop. science category.
I gave up after a couple of hours as I felt that the information was too simplistic. I waited, minute by minute to hear things improve, but they didn't.
Noticeably, (for me), a great and easy-on-the-ear narration. Content was unsuitable, though.
This book is well structured and informative, it uses a nice narrative to introduce ideas. I am a bit disappointed with the simplification. Maybe I was expecting too much! I think it would be ideal for a high school science student to see how the things they learn affect their everyday lives...
I was really a bit disappointed by this book. I had hoped for something as entertaining and instructive as Bill Bryson's A Short History og Nearly Everything. However, the author is clearly not Bill Bryson in talent as a writer. Even some of the science is not up to date ..such as the consequences (or lack of) of sleeplessness...
Unfortunately, also the narration has a schoolmasterly tone..a schoolmaster who tries hard to be entertaining but somehow just isn't...
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