100 scientific truths and principles clearly
explained using the power of analogy.
The well-known "a bee in a cathedral" analogy describes the size
of an atom and its nucleus in understandable terms. The analogy
goes that if an atom were expanded to the size of a cathedral, the
nucleus would be only about the size of a bee.
A Bee in a Cathedral uses analogies to
demonstrate 100 basic scientific truths and principles in new and
exciting ways, describing the unbelievably massive, the
inconceivably tiny and the unfathomably complex in everyday terms.
Readers will be drawn to the book by its combination of intuitive
reasoning and a highly visual presentation style.
Each analogy is explained in direct terms and clearly
illustrated. A range of facts and figures -- presented in uniquely
accessible "infographics" -- complements the analogies. The book
covers a wide array of scientific topics: physics, chemistry,
astronomy, biology, earth sciences, anatomy and technology. The
- If an atomic nucleus expanded to the size of a marble, it would
weigh about 100 million tons, or roughly the equivalent of 16 Great
Pyramids of Egypt.
- It would take a human heart less than 18 days to fill an
Olympic-sized swimming pool.
- The volcanic blast of Mount St. Helens released thermal energy
1,600 times the size of Hiroshima. Krakatoa''s 1883 eruption was
roughly 13,000 times as powerful as that same bomb.
Informative and engaging, A Bee in a
Cathedral gives readers a deeper appreciation of the
forces and facts that govern the universe and everything in it.