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Seven Pillars of Science

Seven Pillars of Science

The Incredible Lightness of Ice, and Other Scientific Surprises

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Hardback Pub: 01/12/2020

The seven fundamental - and surprising - scientific truths of our existence.

John Gribbin, author of Six Impossible Things, shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, presents a tour of seven fundamental scientific truths that underpin our very existence.

These 'pillars of science' also defy common sense. For example, solid things are mostly empty space, so how do they hold together? There appears to be no special 'life force', so how do we distinguish living things from inanimate objects? And why does ice float on water, when most solids don't? You might think that question hardly needs asking, and yet if ice didn't float, life on Earth would never have happened.

The answers to all of these questions were sensational in their day, and some still are. Throughout history, science has been able to think the unthinkable - and Gribbin brilliantly shows the surprising secrets on which our understanding of life is based.

ISBN:
9781785786563
9781785786563
Category:
Popular science
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-12-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Icon Books, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
204x138x20mm
Weight:
0.27kg

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