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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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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.

Any additional comments?

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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Thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening

I highly recommend this audiobook. It is read by the author who has a great voice, but more to the point the nuggets of science are very clearly and mostly concisely explained for keen science enthusiasts and the lesser nerds among us. The diverse variety of subjects captures the attention, answering questions you didn't even know you wanted answering. There are some items that are as yet unexplained but the various hypotheses are interesting in themselves. All-in-all excellent entertaining and informative listening.


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really enjoyed this audio books. very interesting

very interesting audio book. covers a good range of topics many of which I've found my self questioning in the past.

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Well-narrated, interesting and entertaining

By far the best-narrated book I've listened to on Audible, The Science of Everyday Life is full of those 'ah-hah' moments. There is enough detail to feel like you're actually learning something of genuine use, but Marty sticks to the science facts and the broader concept in each case. I really, really enjoyed this one. If you want something quite light and easy to go along with, I recommend this - Marty is an accomplished science communicator.

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Fascinating stuff

Marty does a fantastic job, both in his writing and his audio delivery, to engage with the listener and bring the world of science not only into our everyday lives, but in a format accessible to all. His succinct 10 minute topics delivered one after another have kept my attention on my walk to work every day for the last week or so, and I heartily recommend this to anyone who wants to understand the world they live in that little bit more. Marty's enthusiasm for science is sure to rub off!

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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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I'm impressed

Complexity of physical phenomena explained in a clear and attractive way. it's a kind of popular science I like the most. Highly recommended.

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Not best enjoyed as an audiobook

What did you like best about The Science of Everyday Life? What did you like least?

Unlike others I had no difficulty with the author reading his own book. I thought his reading was enthusiastic and engaging. The difficulty lay with the content. I felt that presented as a series of newspaper columns then I would have greatly enjoyed them but without an obvious thread to link them together as a progressive whole then it all just seemed tremendously bitty.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I never reached it - a section on coffee stain rings was as far as I could reach.

Have you listened to any of Marty Jopson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

Do you think The Science of Everyday Life needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.