How to Dunk a Doughnut: The Science of Everyday Life

An Entertaining and Enlightening Examination of Everything We Do and Everything We See

How to Dunk a Doughnut – The Science of Everyday LifeHow to Dunk a Doughnut – The Science of Everyday Life has been re-issued under the new title: The Science of Everyday Life: An Entertaining and Enlightening Examination of Everything We Do and Everything We See

“Scientists, like hangmen, are socially disadvantaged by their trade.”

“… guests at parties, having discovered that I am a scientist, usually turn to my wife and ask her what I do, rather than approach me directly.”

“This book is for them, and for everyone else who wants to know what scientists really get up to.”

How to Dunk a Doughnut (Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2002) became a best-seller that has now been translated into 12 languages (including Braille), and received an award from the American Institute of Physics for “Science Book of the Year”.

Chapter Headings

  1. The Art and Science of Dunking
    Using physics to work out the best way to dunk biscuits and doughnuts
  2. How Does a Scientist Boil an Egg?
    James Bond was right
  3. The Tao of Tools
    Science in the home workshop
  4. How to Add Up Your Supermarket Bill
    Quick calcs at the check-out
  5. How to Throw a Boomerang
    Including world records in the TV studio and at the South Pole
  6. Catch as Catch Can
    Does our brain act as a high-speed computer when we run to catch a ball?
  7. Bath Foam, Beer Foam and the Meaning of Life
    The thin molecular divide between life and death
  8. A Question of Taste
    The science of gastronomy
  9. The Physics of Sex
    How the sperm that is the best physicist wins the race to the egg

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