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Have you ever wondered why ice floats and water is such a freaky liquid? Or why chilis and mustard are both hot but in different ways? Or why microwaves don't cook from the inside out?

In this fascinating scientific tour of household objects, The One Show presenter and all-round science bloke Marty Jopson has the answer to all of these and many more baffling questions about the chemistry and physics of the everyday stuff we use every day.

©2015 Marty Jopson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Disappointed!

I was expecting to have my mind regularly blown, and to acquire a plethora of amazing new facts to impress friends and family with. Instead, I got a mixture of things I already knew, along with a lot of stuff I didn't know, but wasn't particularly interested in anyway.

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Just superb.....all of science without any jargon

Just Superb....all of science and none of the jargon...amazing storytelling too...with good humour ...loved it..... fantastic

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Dear Marty,

Any additional comments?

Thank you for a very engaging book, I loved it, please make another. But next time, perhaps ease up on the over-emphatic enunciation and the slightly naff humour at the end of each chapter.

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Thought provoking and excellently interesting

What does Marty Jopson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The reader has a knack to breaking down complex topics to an understandable and enjoyable level. He uses his own anecdotes and explains his thoughts on the subjects at hand from his previous perspective prior to his scientific understanding.

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Having studied in chemistry and biochemistry, more of the challenging concepts in the book were more readily understandable to me. Though not a book written exclusively for the academic or graduate level reader, some of the finer points MAY be lost on a reader coming with no baseline scientific knowlede / way of thinking

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Some interesting info

I listened to some interesting information on why things work like they do, however some parts didn't have a scientifically backed explanation or outcome so I'm not sure why they were added.

It's an okay listen for a car journey but I did zone out at certain parts that weren't particularly interesting. I would be unlikely to purchase another book of this kind, but I did retain some interesting facts hence the rating.

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Excellent

Not at all patronising as often found with science books. Engaging, informative and enjoyable

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Fun, well explained science

A lively, fun and well explained dive into the science that makes the thing we take for granted work. I particularly loved the discussion about the uniqueness of rainbows at the end.
Really interesting read, would definitely recommend to anyone with a curiosity about science.

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Well read and thoroughly interesting

I really enjoyed it. Little snippets of everyday interesting science. Glad I listened to it.

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Good book, but not great

It's captivating at first but in the middle lost the touch. However, nicely recovered in the last portion of the book.

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Absolutely fascinating

This work is absolutely fascinating and gives you great stuff to educate the kids. I found it very interesting and informative. would recommend to anyone who has an inquisitive mind.