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The Undercover Scientist Audiobook

The Undercover Scientist

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Publisher's Summary

Undercover Scientist Peter Bentley is fascinated by the science of the everyday, and in this eye-opening book, organised in the form of one of those days when everything falls apart, he probes into the reasons why mishaps occur, from sleeping through the alarm to making the bathwater overflow.

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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©2008 Peter J. Bentley; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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    chikwan NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom 29/10/2014
    chikwan NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom 29/10/2014 Member Since 2015
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    "Too simplistic"
    Was The Undercover Scientist worth the listening time?

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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.

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    LJLC 24/02/2014
    LJLC 24/02/2014
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter J Bentley? Why or why not?

    Possibly.


    Was The Undercover Scientist worth the listening time?

    Sadly, no.


    Any additional comments?

    Noticeably, (for me), a great and easy-on-the-ear narration. Content was unsuitable, though.

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    Kevin Hallas England 05/08/2010
    Kevin Hallas England 05/08/2010 Member Since 2014

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    "High School Science as a Story..."

    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...

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    Axel London, United Kingdom 28/04/2010
    Axel London, United Kingdom 28/04/2010 Member Since 2016
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    "schoolmasterly..."

    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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