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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever wondered why ice floats and water is such a freaky liquid? Or why chilis and mustard are both hot but in different ways? Or why microwaves don't cook from the inside out?

In this fascinating scientific tour of household objects, The One Show presenter and all-round science bloke Marty Jopson has the answer to all of these and many more baffling questions about the chemistry and physics of the everyday stuff we use every day.

©2015 Marty Jopson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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Now my head is ready to explode :)

So much interesting, entertaining information packed in, I had to spread it out a bit more than a normal book. Looking forward to reading it a second time.

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  • mark
  • 12-01-2017

Dear Marty,

Any additional comments?

Thank you for a very engaging book, I loved it, please make another. But next time, perhaps ease up on the over-emphatic enunciation and the slightly naff humour at the end of each chapter.

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  • Ketan Dave
  • 23-09-2016

Just superb.....all of science without any jargon

Just Superb....all of science and none of the jargon...amazing storytelling too...with good humour ...loved it..... fantastic

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  • wamjam
  • 06-09-2016

Thought provoking and excellently interesting

What does Marty Jopson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The reader has a knack to breaking down complex topics to an understandable and enjoyable level. He uses his own anecdotes and explains his thoughts on the subjects at hand from his previous perspective prior to his scientific understanding.

Any additional comments?

Having studied in chemistry and biochemistry, more of the challenging concepts in the book were more readily understandable to me. Though not a book written exclusively for the academic or graduate level reader, some of the finer points MAY be lost on a reader coming with no baseline scientific knowlede / way of thinking

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  • AJCrawford
  • 07-08-2018

Fascinating stuff

Marty does a fantastic job, both in his writing and his audio delivery, to engage with the listener and bring the world of science not only into our everyday lives, but in a format accessible to all. His succinct 10 minute topics delivered one after another have kept my attention on my walk to work every day for the last week or so, and I heartily recommend this to anyone who wants to understand the world they live in that little bit more. Marty's enthusiasm for science is sure to rub off!

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  • D. Payne
  • 09-06-2018

Disappointed!

I was expecting to have my mind regularly blown, and to acquire a plethora of amazing new facts to impress friends and family with. Instead, I got a mixture of things I already knew, along with a lot of stuff I didn't know, but wasn't particularly interested in anyway.

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  • Wojciech Klepacki
  • 02-05-2018

I'm impressed

Complexity of physical phenomena explained in a clear and attractive way. it's a kind of popular science I like the most. Highly recommended.

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  • C. P. McGregor
  • 24-04-2018

Not best enjoyed as an audiobook

What did you like best about The Science of Everyday Life? What did you like least?

Unlike others I had no difficulty with the author reading his own book. I thought his reading was enthusiastic and engaging. The difficulty lay with the content. I felt that presented as a series of newspaper columns then I would have greatly enjoyed them but without an obvious thread to link them together as a progressive whole then it all just seemed tremendously bitty.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I never reached it - a section on coffee stain rings was as far as I could reach.

Have you listened to any of Marty Jopson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

Do you think The Science of Everyday Life needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

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  • Mr
  • 21-02-2018

A fun and interesting little book.

Lots of intriguing trivia to impress you friends and family with, and a surprising number of everyday phenomena that science has yet to fully understand.

The author does a decent job as his own narrator.

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  • Queenbee
  • 03-01-2018

Educational

This book helps you in life and school and for you own benefit I personally think that this is an amazing book and I do recommend it to my friends and family that do love /like science

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  • Honest Dude
  • 12-12-2017

The book has some great insights

Would you consider the audio edition of The Science of Everyday Life to be better than the print version?

I had the print version on my kindle device along with the audio narration, so together it was a great experience.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Science of Everyday Life?

Some of the topics covered delve right into areas for which you always wanted to know the answer to e.g. why windows mist up in winter and what you could potentially do to mitigate.

What does Marty Jopson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His engaging and enthusiastic delivery of the book.