Zoom: How Everything Moves: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0316217408
ISBN-10: 0316217409
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Even when our surrounding environment appears to be perfectly at rest, as on a frozen winter morning, everything is actually moving, albeit imperceptibly, from the air currents we breathe to the vibrating atoms in the ice beneath our feet. In fact, “we are embedded in a magical matrix of continuous motion,” opines veteran science writer Berman (The Sun’s Heartbeat, 2011) in this fascinating look at the built-in dynamism of our universe. Drawing on the cosmology expertise he displayed in his Discover columns, Berman starts with the big bang, the primal explosion that set everything in motion at the beginning, from whirling electrons to ever-expanding space itself. He then works his way up from the slowest moving objects, such as glaciers, floating dust, and growing fingernails, to increasingly speedier things, such as wind, waves, meteorites, and, ultimately, light. Along the way, Berman humanizes his facts with appearances by such famous scientists as Edwin Hubble and Leonardo da Vinci and gives readers an absorbing education in how much our very lives depend on ceaseless motion. --Carl Hays

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"Entertainingly kinetic.... [Berman] transmits science geekery in vivid prose stuffed with unexpected insights and arresting observations.... Absorbing."
Michael Benson, New York Times

"Vastly entertaining.... Zoom is invaluable for everyone who once knew Newton's three laws and would like a refresher, but it is more fun than that.... Bob Berman knows how to make science accessible."―Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe

"An engagingly quirky popular treatment of the ongoing debate about the nature of space and time in the universe and our place as both observers and participants."Kirkus Reviews

"Berman has a knack for clearly explaining potentially difficult scientific concepts in layman-friendly terms and applying these concepts to natural phenomena with engaging anecdotes.... Zoom is an entertaining journey through a variety of scientific fields, accessible even to readers with light science knowledge."―Tobias Mutter, Shelf Awareness

"A cheerful collection.... A vast amount of stimulating material in breezy, accessible prose that even precocious adolescents can understand."
Publishers Weekly

"One of the best-known and most widely-read astronomers in the world, Bob can translate complex scientific concepts into terms that are easily understood by the casual stargazer, yet meaningful to the most advanced researchers."
WAMC's Vox Pop

"This light-hearted expedition combines impeccably sound science with a caustic sense of humor...both enlightening and entertaining.... A thoroughly enjoyable and educational journey."
Frank L. Cloutier, The Post and Courier

"If ever there were a physics book to read at the beach, this is it.... Berman is an engaging writer, and Zoom is an entertaining read."
Sheilla Jones, Winnipeg Free Press

"Berman interweaves a formidable number of facts through the book that light up every page.... An entertaining read...."
Michael Banks, BBC Focus

"An absorbing account of how motion is everywhere around us."
Ben Beasley-Murray, The Daily Mail

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0316217409
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0316217408
  • Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; 1st Edition (June 24, 2014)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.75 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 41 ratings