Why Sh*t Happens The Science of a Really Bad Day


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In Why Sh*t Happens, esteemed scientist Peter J. Bentley tackles the realm of everyday disaster by taking readers through the least lucky, most accident-prone day of their lives. Bentley explores accident on a molecular level, arming the reader with an essential understanding of what went wrong and explaining how to prevent future bouts of misfortune.

Science is respected, trusted, and according to Bentley, largely misunderstood. Why Sh*t Happens urges readers to arm themselves with the power of science in order to better understand the world around them. When a car engine is damaged by the wrong gasoline or a computer is attacked by a virus, science is not to blame, but rather can provide an explanation of what happened.

In a text that exudes charm and wit, Bentley reveals the scientific truths from which our daily aggravations originate: for example, why that razor nick won't stop bleeding, why metal sparks in the microwave, what makes chewing gum stick in hair, and why milk tastes sour when it goes bad. Sh*t will always happen, but this book will teach readers exactly why.

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PETER J. BENTLEY, PhD, is one of the most creative thinkers working in computer science today. A senior research fellow and professor at University College London, he is well known for his prolific research covering all aspects of evolutionary computation and digital biology. He is the author of the popular science books Digital Biology and The Book of Numbers, and is a regular contributor to BBC radio.

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  • Peter J. Bentley, PhD, is one of the most creative thinkers working in computer science today. A senior research fellow and professor at University College London, he is well known for his prolific research covering all aspects of evolutionary computation and digital biology. He is the author of the popular science books Digital Biology and The Book of Numbers, and is a regular contributor to BBC radio.
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