Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

Began as a fascinating exploration of the pulling of various strings to manipulate senses into contrarian experiences for people trying things, and somehow partway through turned into a love letter from the author to the Italian Futurists. Not helped by

How To

Randall from XKCD has collected a bunch of thought-scoping exercises here about how to solve fairly basic problems (such as how to dig a hole) and then extrapolated to some less-basic ones (such as building a lava moat around your

Brew: The Foolproof Guide to Making Your Own Beer at Home

After half a lifetime of talking about it and watching other friends of mine doing it, m’colleague Adrian and I took the plunge (and, advantage of THE BLACK FRIDAY SALES) and bought some elaborate homebrewing kit.  With any hobby comes

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Marvellous bit of science communication, this! Throughout its 280-odd pages it touches on a vast number of scientific phenomena, and each is explained in an approachable, easy, and humorous conversational style. My only complaint is that it didn’t go into

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