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Sitting still in a quiet room, you might just be able to convince yourself that nothing is moving. But air currents swirl about you. Blood rushes through your veins. The atoms in your chair jiggle furiously. And the planet you are on is whizzing through space 35 times faster than the speed of sound. In Zoom, Bob Berman takes a thrilling tour around the wondrous and myriad motions that shape every aspect of the universe. Spanning astronomy, geology, biology, meteorology and history, he explains how clouds stay aloft, how the earth's rotation curves a ball's flight, how a mosquito's familiar whine is tuned to a perfect A sharp, how the day gets longer every century, and much more.
'Berman's pitch-perfect book goes a long way to answering the questions you thought were too dumb to ask, but it does much more than simply provide facts... Berman is a master storyteller'
- New Scientist onThe Sun's Heartbeat
'Light-hearted and fun... Above all, the author's enthusiasm for science shines through'
- Wall Street Journal on The Sun's Heartbeat
'Deeply enjoyable... Berman comes across as the world's most enthusiastic science teacher'
- Washington Post on The Sun's Heartbeat
'Bob Berman's The Sun's Heartbeat glitters and skips with the joy and excitement of science at its best. He explains things I always wondered about without diminishing the star-gazer's sense of awe.'
-Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt and Cod
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
|Publication date:||2nd October 2014|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Popular Science,|
|Categories:||Popular science, Physics, Astronomy, space & time,|
Bob Berman, one of America's top astronomy writers, contributed the popular Night Watchman column to Discover for seventeen years. He is the author of The Sun's Heartbeat and is currently a columnist for Astronomy, a host on Northeast Public Radio, and the science editor of the Old Farmer's Almanac. He lives in Willow, New York.More About Bob Berman