Why Icebergs Float: Exploring Science in Everyday Life
Andrew Morris | October 2016
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About the book
From paintings and food to illness and icebergs, science is happening everywhere. Rather than follow the path of a syllabus or textbook, Andrew Morris takes examples from the science we see every day and uses them as entry points to explain a number of fundamental scientific concepts – from understanding colour to the nature of hormones – in ways that anyone can grasp. While each chapter offers a separate story, they are linked together by their fascinating relevance to our daily lives.
The topics explored in each chapter are based on hundreds of discussions the author has led with adult science learners over many years – people who came from all walks of life and had no scientific training, but had developed a burning curiosity to understand the world around them. This book encourages us to reflect on our own relationship with science and serves as an important reminder of why we should continue learning as adults.
About the author
Andrew Morris has been running science discussion groups in informal settings in London since 2002. Originally a science teacher in sixth form, further and adult education, he later worked with national bodies concerned with educational research. He studied physics at University College London and completed a doctorate in molecular biophysics at the University of Leeds. His 2015 book, Getting to Grips with Science: A Fresh Approach for the Curious, was positively received by both the national press and scholarly community