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The Science of Everyday Life

Why Teapots Dribble, Toast Burns and Light Bulbs Shine
Narrated by: Marty Jopson
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
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Summary

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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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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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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Dear Marty,

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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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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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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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Inspirational, enlightening and engaging!

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. I was hanging off every word Marty said and was so intrigued by all the fascinating scientific facts and theories! It is written so well and performed with such animation that it really brings the science to life and is far beyond boring! I would recommend this audiobook to anyone and everyone!!!

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Astoundingly simple

Fascinating from start to finish I have listened to it twice not that I can remember all the explanations any better. How can one live without asking these questions! Why solid water ( ice) should float was something I had never even considered before

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A Plus!

this is an absolutely fantastic journey in to everyday life! if you leave this learning nothing you owe it to yourself to return just to learn one of the many facts from this book!

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Science Facts wonderfully explained

As an engineer and scientist by education, I have always been fascinated to understand the mechanisms of our wonderful world. This Audible book plays superbly to that fascination and I learned a few new facts which had thus far escaped my 73 years.