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Atoms Under the Floorboards - The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home - cover

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

Chris Woodford

Publisher: Bloomsbury Sigma

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Summary

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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