Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Mar 12, 2015 - Science - 288 pages
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Using the modern home as a springboard, Atoms under the Floorboards introduces the reader to the fascinating and surprising scientific explanations behind a variety of common (and often entertainingly mundane) household phenomena, from gurgling drains and squeaky floorboards to rubbery custard and shiny shoes.

Packed with facts and fun, each chapter focuses on a feature in each of the areas and slowly unpicks the science behind it.

* Is it better to build skyscrapers like wobbly jellies or stacks of biscuits?
*Can you burn your house down with an electric drill?
*How many atoms would you have to split to power a lightbulb?
*How can a raincoat be waterproof and breathable at the same time?

Atoms under the Floorboards answers all these questions, and hundreds more. You'll never look at your home the same way again ...

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User Review  - heike6 - LibraryThing

This book contains all the information that we "learned" in science class in school and/or at the science museum and forgot soon afterwards. Going back as an adult with more experience in the world ... Read full review

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User Review  - DavidWineberg - LibraryThing

There’s a reason for everything and everything is explainable. From bicycle wheels to dust on the bookshelf, everything has a story. Chris Woodford is the kind of person who has to understand ... Read full review


Firm Foundations
Upstairs Downstairs
The Beauty of Bikes
Car Crazy
Sticky Stuff
The Inside Story
Living by Numbers
Blowing Hot and Cold
Food Miles
Stirring Stuff
Water Water
Stain Games
Dressing to Impress
Notes and References

Amazing Glazing
Saggy Sofas Squeaky Floors
Light Delights
Radio Gaga
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About the author (2015)

Chris Woodford has been a professional science and technology writer for 25 years. After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in natural sciences, he has gone on to write, co-write and edit a number of science education books, including the best-selling Cool Stuff series.

He runs, dedicated to explaining the science behind familiar, everyday things.

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