Zoom: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves [NOOK Book]

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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. In fact, the planet...
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Zoom: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves

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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.
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Self-described "renegade astronomer" Bob Berman likes to ask Big Questions in unexpected ways. For instance: "How do inert, random bits of carbon ever morph into that Japanese guy who always wins the hot dog contest?" In the aptly-named Zoom, he invites you to experience the constant movement that's going on inside and outside even as you sit quietly eating dinner or checking Facebook. Did you know, for instance, that while you're diving contentedly into dessert, you're sitting on a planet that is speeding through space at 35 times the speed of sound? An eye-opening, jaw-dropping look at everything from tiny atoms to an expanding universe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316217422
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 119,048
  • 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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  • Posted July 27, 2014

    If you like knowing things about how the world works, you will l

    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

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