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Storm in a Teacup Audiobook

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

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Publisher's Summary

Just as Freakonomics brought economics to life, so Storm in a Teacup brings physics into our daily lives and makes it fascinating.

What is it that helps both scorpions and cyclists to survive? What do raw eggs and gyroscopes have in common? And why does it matter?

In an age of string theory, fluid dynamics and biophysics, it can seem as if the science of our world is for only specialists and academics. Not so, insists Helen Czerski - and in this sparkling new audiobook she explores the patterns and connections that illustrate the grandest theories in the smallest everyday objects and experiences.

Linking what makes popcorn pop to Antarctic winds, coffee stains to blood tests, and ketchup bottles to aliens in space, every thread you pull in the fabric of everyday life shows you something new about the intricate patterns of our world.

Listen to Storm in a Teacup, and you will see and understand the world as you never did before.

©2016 Helen Czerski (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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    Viv 05/02/2017
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    "Not such a big storm"

    I was a bit disappointed in the book which was highly recommened. It was interesting, but not sufficiently to maintain my initial enthusiasm. The book approached the physics issues in a light and homely fashion and presented some interesting facts. I do not regret listening to it but I would have welcomed being stretched a bit more.

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    Fabio C. 11/10/2017
    Fabio C. 11/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Basic"

    I enjoy physics books found this a little basic. If you have a more than basic understanding of physics then you will find this quite mundane. However, if physics seems incomprehensible, this breaks that information down into manageable chunks

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    Ricky 13/09/2017
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    "Well written and informative"

    Really engaging book. Lovely performance. Definitely perspective altering. I will listen to it again. Satisfying in scope. Comfortable, homely atmosphere and theme. Relaxing and interesting.

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    Robin Cafolla 12/09/2017
    Robin Cafolla 12/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Nice explanations but too simplistic overall"

    A nice introduction to physics with some great explanations of phenomena, but it's a very entry level book, aimed more at children.

    The last couple of chapters in particular don't add much.

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    Kindle Customer 09/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic book!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading and listening to this book. The author brings together so many different scientific principles and helped me to understand how many things interact in the real world. I wish I had had this book when I was a student, it answers all of the questions my teachers didn't, and many more I hadn't even thought to ask. I will never look at my toaster the same way again!

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    practicalshopper 22/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "engaging"

    lots of interesting bits and bobs. I shall miss listening. very well narrated. it was like having a conversation.

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    Mariann V. 21/08/2017
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    "Mellifluous"

    I have to admit I purchased the title just because I was hooked by the sound and accent of the narrator from the first seconds of the sample. It's such an enjoyable listening. Of course if the subject wouldn't have been my cup of a tea, some other choice had been done. :P But I'm pretty sure she can make every other book sound better than it is. This is my bed time listening for a while.

    The content itself is interesting, although nothing new or gripping if you already are into "sciency stuff". "Layman level minus" or smth. But the explanations are nicely presented and might give you ideas how to explain things to children or even to some adults and I like that aspect. :)

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    Mr 11/07/2017
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    "Excellent democratic science"

    An absolutely superb text, narrated exceptionally well. This opens up some of the most complex themes of physics in a thoroughly approachable manner. Well worth a listen

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    Tony 23/04/2017
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    "Very interesting"

    Very interesting look at the world around us, from popcorn to continental drift. Narration was excellent too.

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    Ciaran 28/11/2016
    Ciaran 28/11/2016 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting and informative, brilliantly tead."

    Simply Excellent scientific take on our world.
    Narrator is excellent, and adds to the whole experience
    Highly recommended.

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    09/04/17
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    "i liked it"

    too scatterred topics , jumping from one to another. sometimes difficult to follow but overall i really liked it. i wish we had more books öike that.

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