A Bee in a Cathedral and 99 Other Scientific Analogies

Author(s): Joel Levy


Prepare to be amazed and educated! A Bee in a Cathedral explains basic scientific truths and principles using the power of analogy. Using classic comparisons (including 'bee in the cathedral' which dramatically conveys the size of the atomic nucleus in relation to the atom as a whole) you will learn: How whirlpools and hurricanes help us understand the formation of galaxies; How DNA chains act just like a zipper; How much blood is produced by a body each day. Written in a plain, entertaining style A Bee in a Cathedral will appeal to anyone with a thirst for knowledge and an appreciation for science. The aim of the book is to convey basic principles of science in new and exciting ways, describing the unbelievably massive, the inconceivably tiny, and the unfathomably complex in terms that we can all understand, and comparing them to everyday objects and experiences with which we are much more familiar.


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Joel Levy is a writer and journalist who specializes in history and science. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Newton's Notebook, Great Scientists, Mad Science, Poison: An Illustrated History, and The Bedside Book of Chemistry. He has also written features and articles for the British press, and has appeared on national television and numerous local and national radio shows. A long-term student of the history of science and medicine, Joel has a BSc in Biological Sciences and an MA in Psychology.

1 Physics..2 Chemistry..3 Biology..4 Astronomy..5 Earth Science..6 Anatomy/Physiology..7 Technology

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  • : 9781742376493
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : August 2011
  • : 227mm X 222mm
  • : Australia
  • : August 2011
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 500
  • : 224
  • : Joel Levy