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Seven Pillars of Science: The Incredible Lightness of Ice, and Other Scientific Surprises
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Seven Pillars of Science: The Incredible Lightness of Ice, and Other Scientific Surprises (Hardback)

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John Gribbin, author of Six Impossible Things, shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, presents a tour of seven fundamental scientific truths that underpin our very existence.







These 'pillars of science' also defy common sense. For example, solid things are mostly empty space, so how do they hold together? There appears to be no special 'life force', so how do we distinguish living things from inanimate objects? And why does ice float on water, when most solids don't? You might think that question hardly needs asking, and yet if ice didn't float, life on Earth would never have happened.









The answers to all of these questions were sensational in their day, and some still are. Throughout history, science has been able to think the unthinkable - and Gribbin brilliantly shows the surprising secrets on which our understanding of life is based.

Science & MathematicsScience: general issuesHistory of scienceScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPopular science Publisher: Icon Books Ltd Publication Date: 24/09/2020 ISBN-13: 9781785786563  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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John Gribbin's numerous bestselling books include In Search of Schroedinger's Cat and Six Impossible Things, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize. He has been described as 'one of the finest and most prolific writers of popular science around' by the Spectator.

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