Undercover Scientist: Investigating the Mishaps of Everyday Life

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'Shit happens', as the saying goes, but if you want to know why it does, the "Undercover Scientist" is on hand to explain all. Making his way through one of those days when everything seems to go wrong, Peter Bentley investigates the fascinating science that lies behind the most apparently mundane mishaps - from sleeping through the alarm to battling with immovable superglue - and shows you how to fight back against these everyday disasters.

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We all know that things go wrong: wine stains, toast burns, computers crash. But how many of us pause to think why these accidents happen? Undercover Scientist Peter Bentley is fascinated by the science of the everyday, and in this eye-opening book, organised in the form of one of those days when everything falls apart, he probes into the reasons why mishaps occur, from sleeping through the alarm to making the bathwater overflow. As he does so he explains exactly what happens when you put metal in a microwave (the electric field inside the oven causes it to heat up like a lightbulb filament) and why getting the juice from chilli peppers in your eye is so painful (they contain a chemical that fools your nerve-endings into behaving as though they've been burnt). And from there he goes on to show how these simple events form part of a pattern of scientific principles that govern everything around us. If you want to find out how a diesel engine is able to run on chip fat or why lightning actually does strike the same place twice, The Undercover Scientist has all the answers.

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Professor Peter Bentley is one of the most creative thinkers in computer science, working with scientists of all different disciplines to model virtual experiments. He is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, University College London and is known for his prolific research covering all aspects of Evolutionary Computation and Digital Biology. He is the author of the popular science books The Book of Numbers (Cassell Illustrated), Digital Biology (Simon and Schuster USA), and the academic books The PhD Application Handbook, Evolutionary Design by Computers, Creative Evolutionary Systems and On Growth, Form and Computers. He is the host of the Royal Institution's monthly Cafe Scientifique, contributing editor for Wired UK and a regular contributor to programming for the BBC and Discovery Channel.

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