#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: Storm in a Teacup

January 10, 2017 Uncategorized 13 ★★★★★

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: Storm in a TeacupTitle: Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Author: Helen Czerski
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads

Summary: I’ve never had an intuitive grasp of physics, but Helen Czerski explained concepts in an engaging way that constantly gave me new insights into everyday phenomena.

“Our home here on Earth is messy, mutable, and full of humdrum things that we touch and modify without much thought every day. But these familiar surroundings are just the place to look if you’re interested in what makes the universe tick.”(source)

I’ve long felt that my understanding of the physics everyday objects around me is poor and this was the perfect book to remedy that. Author Helen Czerski did an amazing job conveying why physics is so exciting to her. Her writing style was as entertaining and conversational as the blurbs promised. She illustrated every concept with her personal experiences, fascinating historical anecdotes, and interesting natural phenomena. I was far more engaged in the concepts than I ever was in a physics class. She made the concepts both engaging and memorable.

My one complaint is that each chapter covers a set of clearly related physical principles, but the many illustrations of those principles don’t always flow nicely. In some cases, I also felt that I had to infer the topic of the chapter, when I’d rather have been given a more descriptive chapter heading. However, this really is my only complaint about an amazing book. I learned more fun facts than I know what to do with and I couldn’t have enjoyed the learning experience any more. I might be getting ahead of myself, but I loved this book enough that I could see it being one of my top nonfiction reads of the year.

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PS – If you’re here for the Nonfiction Book Club questions, I will be posting them on the 12th instead. Since the WW Norton was nice enough to send me a review copy I could use in a giveaway, I wanted to read and review this first 🙂

13 Responses to “#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: Storm in a Teacup”

  1. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    Aggh, I should not enter giveaways for MORE books but I NEED THIS BOOK! I took the Physics for Poets my college offered for non-science majors (our name for it, not theirs) and loved it, but I’ve not done any more reading about physics since. And if you already think it might make your top books of the year, it’s clearly worth reading. Thanks for this great giveaway!

    • DoingDewey

      I’m excited to be able to pass this one along! I’ve seen some good reviews of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and it does sound like something I would like.

    • DoingDewey

      That sounds like a fascinating class! I feel a little more knowledgeable about chemistry than physics, but if there were a similar book about chemistry, I’d love it.

  2. Meaghan Walsh Gerard

    Lovely. I have often wanted to be the kind of physicist who sits around and thinks about the principles of things but who doesn’t have to do the math. Because I hate math. I just want to create brilliant ideas. 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      Ooh, there were a lot, but one of the best I remember is that combustion reactions, like a candle burning, actually create millions of tiny diamonds. Craziness!

  3. Amal (AMB)

    Great review! I think this book might be something I could share with my kids (or at least use to answer their questions about physics and the natural world!).

    • DoingDewey

      I think so too! With an older child, you could probably read it together and there are fun experiments and fun anecdotes that even a younger child might enjoy.

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