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The Secret House: The Extraordinary Science of an Ordinary Day

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Publisher Comments:

In E=mc2, David Bodanis took the life's work of one of history's greatest geniuses and made it "astonishingly understandable" (Parade) to the everyday reader. Now he takes the reader through an average day in and around an average house, showing us the fascinating science beneath the surface-from the static between radio stations, to the millions of pillow mites that snuggle up with us every night, from the warm electric fields wrapped around a light bulb filament, to what really makes the garden roses red. With wit, whimsy, and delightful detail, David Bodanis explains it all in ordinary words--on an extraordinary tour...

Review:

"Nothing short of astounding. Richly original...Zooms in relentlessly on the mundane matters of modern life, proving once again that the difference between the ordinary and the exotic is only your point of view." New York Times

Review:

"Utterly original and mesmerizing. A marvelously captivating book...well-done." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Explores the kind of gee-whiz science that sits unnoticed under every homeowner's nose, turning such mundane articles as a threaded needle into objects of wonder." Newsweek

Review:

"What this volume reveals about the everyday world we live in may shatter forever the equanimity with which you regard the bed you lie on, the air you breathe, or even your loved ones...frequently fascinating." Kirkus Review

Review:

"Stephen King meets Stephen Jay Gould meets Mr. Wizard...informative and often fiendishly witty." St. Petersburg Times

Review:

"Detailed...fascinating...It is difficult to imagine anyone not liking this book...Easy to read and understandable...[The reader] should acquire a much greater appreciation for the symbiotic relationships we enjoy with our invisible 'neighbors.'" Van E. Neie, Science Book and Films

Review:

"As an introduction to science it is unbeatable...Adults, for whom the book was intended, will enjoy dipping into it randomly. Teenagers, with their natural affinity for the grotesque, will likely read this from cover to cover." Lavina C. Demos, Appraisal

Synopsis:

Readers find out what's really going on in the nation's bedrooms in this delightful volume from the bestselling author of E=mc².

Synopsis:

In E=mc2, David Bodanis took the life's work of one of history's greatest geniuses and made it "astonishingly understandable" (Parade) to the everyday reader. Now he takes the reader through an average day in and around an average house, showing us the fascinating science beneath the surface-from the static between radio stations, to the millions of pillow mites that snuggle up with us every night, from the warm electric fields wrapped around a light bulb filament, to what really makes the garden roses red. With wit, whimsy, and delightful detail, David Bodanis explains it all in ordinary words--on an extraordinary tour...

About the Author

David Bodanis taught for many years a survey of intellectual history at the University of Oxford. A native of Chicago, he lives in London, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780425188422
Subtitle:
The Extraordinary Science of an Ordinary Day
Author:
Bodanis, David
Publisher:
Berkley Trade
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Science
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Science Matters
Series Volume:
31
Publication Date:
20030304
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.36x6.48x.71 in. .49 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425188422 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Nothing short of astounding. Richly original...Zooms in relentlessly on the mundane matters of modern life, proving once again that the difference between the ordinary and the exotic is only your point of view."
"Review" by , "Utterly original and mesmerizing. A marvelously captivating book...well-done."
"Review" by , "Explores the kind of gee-whiz science that sits unnoticed under every homeowner's nose, turning such mundane articles as a threaded needle into objects of wonder."
"Review" by , "What this volume reveals about the everyday world we live in may shatter forever the equanimity with which you regard the bed you lie on, the air you breathe, or even your loved ones...frequently fascinating."
"Review" by , "Stephen King meets Stephen Jay Gould meets Mr. Wizard...informative and often fiendishly witty."
"Review" by , "Detailed...fascinating...It is difficult to imagine anyone not liking this book...Easy to read and understandable...[The reader] should acquire a much greater appreciation for the symbiotic relationships we enjoy with our invisible 'neighbors.'"
"Review" by , "As an introduction to science it is unbeatable...Adults, for whom the book was intended, will enjoy dipping into it randomly. Teenagers, with their natural affinity for the grotesque, will likely read this from cover to cover."
"Synopsis" by , Readers find out what's really going on in the nation's bedrooms in this delightful volume from the bestselling author of E=mc².
"Synopsis" by , In E=mc2, David Bodanis took the life's work of one of history's greatest geniuses and made it "astonishingly understandable" (Parade) to the everyday reader. Now he takes the reader through an average day in and around an average house, showing us the fascinating science beneath the surface-from the static between radio stations, to the millions of pillow mites that snuggle up with us every night, from the warm electric fields wrapped around a light bulb filament, to what really makes the garden roses red. With wit, whimsy, and delightful detail, David Bodanis explains it all in ordinary words--on an extraordinary tour...
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