The Undercover Scientist: Investigating the Mishaps of Everyday Life

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Arrow Books, 2009 - Science - 247 pages
Why do sparks fly when you put metal in the microwave?Why does it hurt so much when you get chilli pepper juice in your eyes?Why can cheese keep for weeks but milk go off while your back is turned?'Shit happens', as the saying goes, but if you want to know why it does, the Undercover Scientist is on hand to explain all. Making his way through one of those days when everything seems to go wrong, Peter Bentley investigates the fascinating science that lies behind the most apparently mundane mishaps - from sleeping through the alarm to battling with immovable superglue - and shows you how to fight back against these everyday disasters.

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User Review  - regularguy5mb - LibraryThing

I really enjoy quirky science texts, which is probably why Goodreads recommended this one to me. Using a storyteller's perspective, Dr. Bentley finds a way to share some interesting science by going ... Read full review

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User Review  - vguy - LibraryThing

Clear and enlightening on a huge range of issues prompted by "a day in the life" of an ordinary bloke. As a non-scientist I was humbled by how much i didn't know, how stunningly complex everything is ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Professor Peter Bentley is one of the most creative thinkers in computer science, working with scientists of all different disciplines to model virtual experiments. He is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, University College London and is known for his prolific research covering all aspects of Evolutionary Computation and Digital Biology. He is the author of the popular science books The Book of Numbers(Cassell Illustrated), Digital Biology(Simon and Schuster USA), and the academic books The PhD Application Handbook,Evolutionary Design by Computers,Creative Evolutionary Systemsand On Growth, Form and Computers. He is the host of the Royal Institution's monthly Cafe Scientifique, contributing editor for Wired UK and a regular contributor to programming for the BBC and Discovery Channel.

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