- 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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The Secret House: 24 Hours in the Strange and Unexpected World in Which We Spend Our Days and Nights
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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!
Warning: you may never eat margarine again after you learn how it is made.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
David Bodanis is one of the best, most readable science writers around. So happy to find this classic. Thank you.Published 18 months ago by T-Bone
There was a lot of useful, even valuable material in the book, but the people came off a total dorks. It might keep you from sleeping.... Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Dorothy Cox