How to Dunk a Doughnut: The Science of Everyday Life

By Len Fisher

Scientists are within the enterprise of attempting to comprehend the area. Exploring ordinary phenomena, they've got exposed a few of Nature's inner most legislation. we will be able to in flip practice those legislation to our personal lives, to raised snatch and increase our functionality in day-by-day actions as various as cooking, remodeling sports-even dunking a doughnut! This ebook makes the technological know-how of the widespread a key to commencing the door should you need to know what scientists do, why they do it, and the way they move approximately it. Following the regimen of an ordinary day, from espresso and breakfast to purchasing, family chores, activities, a drink, supper, and a tub, we see how the likely mundane grants perception into the main profound medical questions. a few of the subject matters integrated are the paintings and technological know-how of dunking, how one can boil an egg, find out how to tally a grocery store invoice, the technological know-how in the back of hand instruments, catching a ball, or throwing a boomerang, the secrets and techniques of haute delicacies, bathtub (or beer) foam, and the physics of intercourse.

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