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The Secret House: 24 Hours in the Strange and Unexpected World in Which We Spend Our Days and Nights

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0671600327
ISBN-10: 067160032X
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067160032X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671600327
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Author David Bodanis shares with the reader through easy to comprehend prose and compelling electron microscopic slides the world of an average couple through a complete day cycle. Topics range from the examination of the very small (dust mites), the complex (how do things work?), the ordinary (what exactly *is* in toothpaste?) and the obscure (slime molds). A thoroughly enjoyable and informative read.
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I don't think that I will recommend this to someone I know who already washes his hands twice before dinner, but if the omnipresence of microbes doesn't freak you out, this is a fascinating book.

This covers the minutiae of daily life, the slight shakings of the entire house when one walks across the floor, the dust mites, the drift of particles around the world, the rain of particles from outer space.

Bodanis also reviews the ingredients and creation of common items: potato chips, toothpaste, lipstick, deoderant, cake mixes, explaining not only how they work, but how much of the processing is purely advertising hype.

The book includes some fantastic special slow-motion, electron-microscope and heat-sensitive photographs. Be sure to get an edition of the book that includes them; I believe that some editions don't.

One of the most enlightening and educational books that I have ever read!
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I bought this book for myself about 25 years ago and loved it. So when a young relative expressed an interest in the subject, I bought one for him, too. It's fascinating, well-written, has wonderful photographs, and is scientifically sound. Highly recommended for everyone.
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Witty, informative, good pictures of all the stuff beyond our senses that happens at a house (and beyond). I have bought this book 3 or 4 times, but seem to wind up loaning it out and never getting it back. That is an endorsement, right?
Warning: you may never eat margarine again after you learn how it is made.
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And good for many rereadings in the future!
Not in any way denigrating this wonderful book, it is almost the ultimate in 'bathroom' books. The penultimate is 'The Secret Family' (Five Stars) written by the same author. If there were another in the Secret series (in hard copy, of course), we would buy that, too!
Truthfully, these books can be taken a page, a chapter, or the whole shebang in one sitting. Personally, I enjoy reading just enough to reflect upon the eminently digestible science for an hour or two, and then go on to the next informational nugget. Science and humor mixed together are an unbeatable combo!
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