Why Icebergs Float

Exploring Science in Everyday Life

by Andrew Morris

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Book Description

From paintings and food to illness and icebergs, science is happening everywhere. Rather than follow the path of a syllabus or textbook, Andrew Morris takes examples from the science we see every day and uses them as entry points to explain a number of fundamental scientific concepts - from understanding colour to the nature of hormones - in ways that anyone can grasp. While each chapter offers a separate story, they are linked together by their fascinating relevance to our daily lives.

The topics explored in each chapter are based on hundreds of discussions the author has led with adult science learners over many years - people who came from all walks of life and had no scientific training, but had developed a burning curiosity to understand the world around them. This book encourages us to reflect on our own relationship with science and serves as an important reminder of why we should continue learning as adults.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Why Icebergs Float ebook for free in PDF format (13.7 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Foods We Love and Hate
Chapter 2
Why Old Masters Fade
Chapter 3
Cuts are Red, Veins are Blue ...
Chapter 4
The Dual Nature of Light
Chapter 5
Models
Chapter 6
How We See
Chapter 7
The Brain
Chapter 8
Hormones
Chapter 9
Reflections on Molecules and the Body
Chapter 10
Bacteria, Viruses and Antibiotics
Chapter 11
Floating and Density
Chapter 12
Tides and Gravity
Chapter 13
Energy
Chapter 14
Energy on the Move
Chapter 15
Energy for Life
Chapter 16
Electricity
Chapter 17
MRI and the Brain
Chapter 18
Animal Culture
 

Book Details

Publisher
UCL Press
Published
2016
Pages
222
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781911307020
ISBN10
1911307029
ISBN13 Digital
9781911307044
ISBN10 Digital
1911307045
PDF Size
13.7 MB
License
CC BY

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