Wook Kim
October 24, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

How To Dunk A Doughnut

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Len Fisher
genre
Science and Technology, Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

Like sports fans, scientists are ”much more interested in the exceptional than they are in the average,” notes this researcher at England’s University of Bristol, whose MacGyver-ish inclinations allow him to turn his house into a laboratory for ingenious musings. From the title experiment (doughnuts, like cookies, should penetrate the liquid almost horizontally to minimize oversaturation) to an investigation into the properties of soap foam (can you say ”colloidal suspension”?), Fisher uses the stuff of everyday life to illustrate amazing but invisible scientific principles. With wry wit and feline curiosity, he puts the fizz in physics.

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