Are you moving right now, as you listen to this radio spot? Even if you’re just sitting comfortably in your favorite chair, you are actually moving. Author Bob Berman explains how in Zoom: How Everything Moves, From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees. It might be a no-brainer to realize that even when the human body is at rest we are still breathing and blood is still moving in our bodies. Even on a perfectly still day (although rare in Kansas!) dust is moving on tiny air currents. Movement all around us creates an intricate machine, working together to make the world we live in. And author Berman explores movement in all aspects of science, from astronomy, geology, biology, and meteorology, to finding how so much water can stay aloft as clouds, how every baseball pitch is really a bit of a curve ball thanks to the earth’s rotation, and even why a mosquito's’ whine can sound like that familiar telephone dial tone. But lest the reader think that this book will be boring, I can tell you it is not. Within the first few pages the author assures you that this ride through almost every corner of science will be fast paced, and indeed in the first few pages we’re off venturing into how famous 19th and 20th century industrialist Andrew Carnegie contributed to the science of motion. Each chapter is less than 20 pages long, so even if you want to take your science lessons in small doses, this is a great read.
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Zoom: How Everything Moves, From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees by Bob Berman
ISBN: 9780316217408, 336 pages
Adult Non-Fiction, Math and Science