Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life – Helen Czerski (2017)


Helen Czerski’s Storm in a Teacup is a departure from my usual book selections. I tend towards social studies when I choose non-fiction, but this time, I picked a science read. I am so glad I did. Czerski explains complex scientific ideas in a “user friendly” way. Many of the subjects I could vaguely recall from my high school science classes, but she explains them in a way that allows me to connect them to my everyday life. Ice cubes and icebergs, toast and spin axis, light waves and diamonds, why grains of salt sparkle, the history of continental drift – all explained with delight by a woman who clearly loves her science. I recommend this book to readers curious about why bubbles form in their coffee, why lightning does what it does, or even how glass blowing works. Only 96 pages, this book packs a lot of information, without being overwhelming. 

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