We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
 >   > 
Storm in a Teacup Audiobook

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Regular Price:£21.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (114 )
5 star
 (76)
4 star
 (25)
3 star
 (9)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.5 (97 )
5 star
 (64)
4 star
 (22)
3 star
 (8)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.6 (98 )
5 star
 (71)
4 star
 (21)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Viv 05/02/2017
    Viv 05/02/2017 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    101
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    178
    70
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Fabio C. 11/10/2017
    Fabio C. 11/10/2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kindle Customer 09/09/2017 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robin Cafolla 12/09/2017
    Robin Cafolla 12/09/2017 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ricky 13/09/2017
    Ricky 13/09/2017 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mariann V. 21/08/2017
    Mariann V. 21/08/2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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. :)

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mr 11/07/2017
    Mr 11/07/2017 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Barbara Smart uk 31/10/2017
    Barbara Smart uk 31/10/2017 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    64
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "what a great book"

    this book is put into layman's terms for anybody wants to understand a little bit of physics

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tony 23/04/2017
    Tony 23/04/2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very interesting"

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

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mark London, United Kingdom 08/02/2017
    Mark London, United Kingdom 08/02/2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Thrilling circus of ideas. Expert ringmaster."
    What did you like most about Storm in a Teacup?

    This is popular science of the highest order. Wonderfully lucid and entertaining presentation of the physics we encounter (usually without noticing). She has a truly remarkable gift for bringing concepts vividly to life. Ideas are introduced with the zest of a thriller and an economy and precision that verges on poetry. While much of the story is familiar, I have never heard it better told. Books on physics stand or fall on their ability to translate between the language of science (maths) and the language of the everyday. For me, Helen Czerski is the babel fish.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Amazon Customer
    09/04/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.