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The Science of Spin The Force Behind Everything - From Falling Cats to Jet Engines

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By: Roland Ennos(Author)
288 pages
The Science of Spin
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  • The Science of Spin ISBN: 9780861546718 Hardback Sep 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1 week
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Why exactly is the Earth round? How is it that boomerangs can turn in mid-air? And why do cats always land on their feet? From the solar system to spinning tops; hurricanes to hula hoops; powerplants to pendulums, one mysterious force shapes almost every aspect of our lives. A force which, despite its ubiquity, continues to confound, baffle and surprise.

Artfully moving between astrophysics and anthropology, The Science of Spin provides a sweeping journey through space and time, from the creation of the Earth to the advent of the 'fidget spinner'. Charting the development of engineering and technology from the earliest prehistoric drills to the turbine engine, critically-acclaimed author and scientist Roland Ennos presents a riveting account of human ingenuity and the seemingly infinite ways spin affects our daily lives.

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Roland Ennos is a visiting professor of biological sciences at the University of Hull. His previous books include The Wood Age: How Wood Shaped the Whole of Human History and Trees: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Structure. He lives in Hull.

Popular Science
By: Roland Ennos(Author)
288 pages
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"This is a wonderfully fascinating book with answers to so many everyday questions you never knew you needed to know. The explanations are lucid and so clear that the one thing it doesn't do is cause your head to spin."
– Mark Miodownik, author of Stuff Matters

"More than a few authors have found success with books that look at a broad swath of history, ideas or science through the lens of a single topic [...] Roland Ennos elevates this approach to dizzying heights in The Science of Spin [...] The physics are fascinating."
Wall Street Journal

"An original and highly engaging insight into how our universe works, encompassing black holes, the cotton mills of the industrial revolution, the biomechanics of walking and more!"
– Paul Sen, author of Einstein's Fridge

"The Science of Spin is a delightful book, equally entertaining and enlightening. Read it and you will come away with a better understanding of our world and how it works."

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