How To Dunk A Doughnut (Fall 2003) 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,… Nonfiction Science and Technology
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How To Dunk A Doughnut (Fall 2003)

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Details Writer: Len Fisher; Genres: Nonfiction, Science and Technology

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.

Originally posted Oct 24, 2003 Published in issue #734 Oct 24, 2003 Order article reprints