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Zoom: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves
     

Zoom: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves

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by Bob Berman
 

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From the speed of light to moving mountains--and everything in between--ZOOM explores how the universe and its objects move.

If you sit as still as you can in a quiet room, you might be able to convince yourself that nothing is moving. But air currents are still wafting around you. Blood rushes through your veins. The atoms in your chair jiggle furiously

Overview

From the speed of light to moving mountains--and everything in between--ZOOM explores how the universe and its objects move.

If you sit as still as you can in a quiet room, you might be able to convince yourself that nothing is moving. But air currents are still wafting around you. Blood rushes through your veins. The atoms in your chair jiggle furiously. In fact, the planet you are sitting on is whizzing through space thirty-five times faster than the speed of sound.

Natural motion dominates our lives and the intricate mechanics of the world around us. In ZOOM, Bob Berman explores how motion shapes every aspect of the universe, literally from the ground up. With an entertaining style and a gift for distilling the wondrous, Berman spans astronomy, geology, biology, meteorology, and the history of science, uncovering how clouds stay aloft, how the Earth's rotation curves a home run's flight, and why a mosquito's familiar whine resembles a telephone's dial tone.

For readers who love to get smarter without realizing it, ZOOM bursts with science writing at its best.

Editorial Reviews

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"Entertainingly kinetic.... [Berman] transmits science geekery in vivid prose stuffed with unexpected insights and arresting observations.... Absorbing."—Michael Benson, New York Times"

Vastly entertaining.... Zoom is invaluable for everyone who once knew Newton's three laws and would like a refresher, but it is more fun than that.... Bob Berman knows how to make science accessible."—Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe"

An engagingly quirky popular treatment of the ongoing debate about the nature of space and time in the universe and our place as both observers and participants."Kirkus Reviews"

Berman has a knack for clearly explaining potentially difficult scientific concepts in layman-friendly terms and applying these concepts to natural phenomena with engaging anecdotes.... Zoom is an entertaining journey through a variety of scientific fields, accessible even to readers with light science knowledge."—Tobias Mutter, Shelf Awareness"

A cheerful collection.... A vast amount of stimulating material in breezy, accessible prose that even precocious adolescents can understand."—Publishers Weekly"

One of the best-known and most widely-read astronomers in the world, Bob can translate complex scientific concepts into terms that are easily understood by the casual stargazer, yet meaningful to the most advanced researchers."—WAMC's Vox Pop"

This light-hearted expedition combines impeccably sound science with a caustic sense of humor...both enlightening and entertaining.... A thoroughly enjoyable and educational journey."—Frank L. Cloutier, The Post and Courier"

If ever there were a physics book to read at the beach, this is it.... Berman is an engaging writer, and Zoom is an entertaining read."—Sheilla Jones, Winnipeg Free Press"

Berman interweaves a formidable number of facts through the book that light up every page.... An entertaining read...."—Michael Banks, BBC Focus"

An absorbing account of how motion is everywhere around us."—Ben Beasley-Murray, The Daily Mail

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316217422
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
06/24/2014
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
284,570
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Bob Berman is one of America's top science writers. For many years, he wrote the popular "Night Watchman" column for Discover magazine. He is currently a columnist for Astronomy magazine and a host on NPR's Northeast Public Radio, and he is the science editor of the Old Farmer's Almanac. He lives in Willow, NY.

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Zoom: How Everything Moves: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
edwardsx More than 1 year ago
If you like knowing things about how the world works, you will love this book.  This is the best book I have read in a long time. Dennis Edwards