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
Foods We Love and Hate
Why Old Masters Fade
Cuts are Red, Veins are Blue ...
The Dual Nature of Light
How We See
Reflections on Molecules and the Body
Bacteria, Viruses and Antibiotics
Floating and Density
Tides and Gravity
Energy on the Move
Energy for Life
MRI and the Brain
Why Icebergs Float
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