Atoms Under the Floorboards

Atoms Under the Floorboards

The Surprising Science Hidden in your Home

Book - 2015
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It's rock-solid science that holds your house up in a hurricane, floods it with light at night and keeps it toasty on a crisp winter's morning. Surprisingly simple scientific ideas can also explain all those strange, baffling and sometimes downright irritating things you chance upon as you move around your home each day. From the dust on your bookshelf to the rips in your jeans, Atoms Under the Floorboards takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the home, revealing the scientific answers to niggling questions like: why can't you cook your dinner with a smartphone? How many atoms would you need to split the power of a light bulb? Why can falling from a ladder hurt like a crocodile bite? Why does your laptop get hot when its only moving part is the cooling fan? Why can you see through windows but not walls? and what's the connection between a bike wheel, a suspensions bridge and a wedding dress?
Publisher: New York, NY :, Bloomsbury Sigma,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781472912237
1472912233
9781472918222
1472918223
9781472912220
1472912225
Characteristics: 336 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary: It's rock-solid science that holds your house up in a hurricane, floods it with light at night and keeps it toasty on a crisp winter's morning. Surprisingly simple scientific ideas can also explain all those strange, baffling and sometimes downright irritating things you chance upon as you move around your home each day. From the dust on your bookshelf to the rips in your jeans, Atoms Under the Floorboards takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the home, revealing the scientific answers to niggling questions like: why can't you cook your dinner with a smartphone? How many atoms would you need to split the power of a light bulb? Why can falling from a ladder hurt like a crocodile bite? Why does your laptop get hot when its only moving part is the cooling fan? Why can you see through windows but not walls? and what's the connection between a bike wheel, a suspensions bridge and a wedding dress?

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