what’s inside this book?
Atoms Under the Floorboards is about 300 pages long, has 60 black-and-white artworks to liven things up a bit, and there’s a short section of notes and further reading at the end to help you dig deeper into the bits that interest you. Its a book that will take your curiosity to an extreme level and bring you gushing down to the answer that would please your mind.
A FEW TITLES THAT WILL GIVE YOU A BRIEF INTRODUCTION FOR BOOK.
- How many “pedalling” hamsters would you need to boil the water for a coffee?
- How did a “worm” play a part in the history of radio?
- Why can’t you cook your dinner with a cellphone?
- Why can you see through windows but not through walls?
- Why does your laptop get hot when its only moving part is the cooling fan?
- What’s the connection between a wedding dress, a suspension bridge, and a bicycle?
There are 18 chapters—and here’s a taster of the kinds of things they cover:
- Firm foundations: Why don’t buildings fall down?
- Why do skyscrapers deliberately wobble in the wind?
- Upstairs downstairs: Everything you ever wanted to know about energy, including: How many hamsters running on wheels would you need to launch a rocket or haul a train?
- Superheroics: You might not think you’re a superhero, but science can turn you into one! How do wheels really work… and why is Isaac Newton the best swimming teacher?
- The beauty of bikes: Why are cyclists like fish? Can shaving your legs really make you go faster?
- Car crazy: Why is your car like a chemistry lab on wheels? Why have electric cars still not caught on?
Sticky stuff: How do glues really work? Why can you lift a person with one drop of superglue?
- The inside story: How do we know atoms exist if we can’t see them?
- Amazing glazing: What’s the science behind windows that clean themselves… and sunglasses that darken automatically outdoors?
- Saggy sofas, squeaky floors: Why do sofas sag and faces wrinkle? Why do floorboards squeak?
- Light delights: Why can’t we see light? Why do polished shoes shine like mirrors?
- Radio gaga: Who was the “worm” who helped to invent radio? How did the Victorians almost invent mobile phones?
- Living by numbers: How can you send a photo down a phone line? Is it better to buy MP3s or CDs?
- Blowing hot and cold: How can you heat your home with nothing more than a candle? How can you make instant ice cream?
- Food miles: Is it true that you could “go to work on an egg”? Could we ever make an energy pill that gives us all the daily nutrition we need?
- Stirring stuff: What links wind turbines, dusty bookshelves, dirty cars, and rubbery custard?
- Water, water: What makes a drain gurgle—and how does that help us understand how pens work?
- Stain games: How can science get your jeans clean? Why can you dry clothes outdoors even in winter?
- Dressing to impress: Why don’t sheep shiver in the cold? Why do jeans always wear out at the knees?