Scientists are in the business of trying to understand the world. Exploring commonplace phenomena, they have uncovered some of nature’s deepest laws. We can in turn apply these laws to our own lives, to better grasp and enhance our performance in daily activities as varied as cooking, home improvement, sports—even dunking a doughnut! This book makes the science of the familiar a key to opening the door for those who want to know what scientists do, why they do it, and how they go about it.
Following the routine of a normal day, from coffee and breakfast to shopping, household chores, sports, a drink, supper, and a bath, we see how the seemingly mundane can provide insight into the most profound scientific questions. Some of the topics included are the art and science of dunking; how to boil an egg; how to tally a supermarket bill; the science behind hand tools; catching a ball or throwing a boomerang; the secrets of haute cuisine, bath (or beer) foam; and the physics of sex. Fisher writes with great authority and a light touch, giving us an entertaining and accessible look at the science behind our daily activities.
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About the Author
Department of Physics, University of Bristol, England. The author of more than eighty scientific papers, Fisher has made more than 200 radio and television appearances worldwide.
Table of Contents
Preface to the American Edition vii
1 The Art and Science of Dunking 1
2 How Does a Scientist Boil an Egg? 23
3 The Tao of Tools 42
4 How to Add Up Your Supermarket Bill 77
5 How to Throw a Boomerang 92
6 Catch as Catch Can 108
7 Bath Foam, Beer Foam, and the Meaning of Life 121
8 A Question of Taste 146
9 The Physics of Sex 171
Notes and References 205