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Publisher's Summary

Just as Freakonomics brought economics to life, so Storm in a Teacup brings physics into our daily lives and makes it fascinating.

What is it that helps both scorpions and cyclists to survive? What do raw eggs and gyroscopes have in common? And why does it matter?

In an age of string theory, fluid dynamics and biophysics, it can seem as if the science of our world is for only specialists and academics. Not so, insists Helen Czerski - and in this sparkling new audiobook she explores the patterns and connections that illustrate the grandest theories in the smallest everyday objects and experiences.

Linking what makes popcorn pop to Antarctic winds, coffee stains to blood tests, and ketchup bottles to aliens in space, every thread you pull in the fabric of everyday life shows you something new about the intricate patterns of our world.

Listen to Storm in a Teacup, and you will see and understand the world as you never did before.

©2016 Helen Czerski (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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interesting, but painful story telling at times

some interesting topics and facts but the narrator is hard to listen to and some stories are a bit boring

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Physics explained

I loved the melodic narration and the joy the author has in her science. I won’t ignore my slushing coffee again!

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Incredible work!

Being a university student on my way to a mathematical degree, this book reminds me that for all the text books I read and lectures I attend, the world around me is a complex mess of amazingness. The author is a true word smith. I put this book on the same level as the great explainer, Richard Feynman for value contained in simple to understand ideas and about complex concepts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-2017

i liked it

too scatterred topics , jumping from one to another. sometimes difficult to follow but overall i really liked it. i wish we had more books öike that.

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  • Viv
  • 05-02-2017

Not such a big storm

I was a bit disappointed in the book which was highly recommened. It was interesting, but not sufficiently to maintain my initial enthusiasm. The book approached the physics issues in a light and homely fashion and presented some interesting facts. I do not regret listening to it but I would have welcomed being stretched a bit more.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-09-2017

Fantastic book!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading and listening to this book. The author brings together so many different scientific principles and helped me to understand how many things interact in the real world. I wish I had had this book when I was a student, it answers all of the questions my teachers didn't, and many more I hadn't even thought to ask. I will never look at my toaster the same way again!

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  • Robin Cafolla
  • 12-09-2017

Nice explanations but too simplistic overall

A nice introduction to physics with some great explanations of phenomena, but it's a very entry level book, aimed more at children.

The last couple of chapters in particular don't add much.

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  • Fabio C.
  • 11-10-2017

Basic

I enjoy physics books found this a little basic. If you have a more than basic understanding of physics then you will find this quite mundane. However, if physics seems incomprehensible, this breaks that information down into manageable chunks

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  • Ricky
  • 13-09-2017

Well written and informative

Really engaging book. Lovely performance. Definitely perspective altering. I will listen to it again. Satisfying in scope. Comfortable, homely atmosphere and theme. Relaxing and interesting.

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  • Mariann V.
  • 21-08-2017

Mellifluous

I have to admit I purchased the title just because I was hooked by the sound and accent of the narrator from the first seconds of the sample. It's such an enjoyable listening. Of course if the subject wouldn't have been my cup of a tea, some other choice had been done. :P But I'm pretty sure she can make every other book sound better than it is. This is my bed time listening for a while.

The content itself is interesting, although nothing new or gripping if you already are into "sciency stuff". "Layman level minus" or smth. But the explanations are nicely presented and might give you ideas how to explain things to children or even to some adults and I like that aspect. :)

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  • Mr
  • 11-07-2017

Excellent democratic science

An absolutely superb text, narrated exceptionally well. This opens up some of the most complex themes of physics in a thoroughly approachable manner. Well worth a listen

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  • Barbara Smart
  • 31-10-2017

what a great book

this book is put into layman's terms for anybody wants to understand a little bit of physics

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  • Tony
  • 23-04-2017

Very interesting

Very interesting look at the world around us, from popcorn to continental drift. Narration was excellent too.

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  • Mark
  • 08-02-2017

Thrilling circus of ideas. Expert ringmaster.

What did you like most about Storm in a Teacup?

This is popular science of the highest order. Wonderfully lucid and entertaining presentation of the physics we encounter (usually without noticing). She has a truly remarkable gift for bringing concepts vividly to life. Ideas are introduced with the zest of a thriller and an economy and precision that verges on poetry. While much of the story is familiar, I have never heard it better told. Books on physics stand or fall on their ability to translate between the language of science (maths) and the language of the everyday. For me, Helen Czerski is the babel fish.

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