How it All Works

All scientific laws and phenomena illustrated & demonstrated

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Pub Date 02 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 09 Nov 2021

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In this beautiful and unique combination of art and science, this stunningly detailed book examines how the rules of science govern the the world around us, from the rooms in our houses to the planet, the solar system and the universe itself!

The Universe is inconceivably complex. Its component parts though follow a set of unbreakable laws that have somehow been coded into their very fabric since the beginning of time. These laws play out in different ways at different scales, giving rise to the familiar phenomena of everyday life – as well as the unfamiliar abstract goings-on outside our experience and awareness. Understanding these laws may seem a daunting task, until now.

How it All Works illustrates simply how the most interesting and complex named scientific laws and phenomena affect everyone’s daily lives. Using hyper-detailed scene illustrations from the incredible award-winning artist Adam Dant, we start small, with the illustrated science inside your kitchen, before expanding outwards to encompass your garden, street, city, continent, planet, solar system, galaxy and eventually the whole universe.

With tiny details pulled out from visually stunning and intricate scene, learn how:

Kirchhoff’s Law affects how you charge your phone, Newton’s Law of Cooling helps you make your coffee just the right temperature to drink, How the rules of antimatter are used in hospitals for medical imaging, How Cassie's law keeps ducks dry,How glaciation shapes the ladscapes around us, How thermohaline circulation dictates our weather, and How quantum tunnelling influences the nuclear fusion in our sun, and Wien’s Law determines its colour. 

This book will astound and inform in equal measure, with each principle drawn into the scene and explained with clarity by leading science writer Brian Clegg.

With a reference section at the back as well as profiles of the key figures who have helped shape our understanding of these key principles, from Lynn Margulis and Richard Feynman to Marie Curie, Michael Faraday,Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, this beautiful and unique visual examination of the rules of science is an must-have book for anyone who wants to understand the physics, chemistry and biology of the world around us!

In this beautiful and unique combination of art and science, this stunningly detailed book examines how the rules of science govern the the world around us, from the rooms in our houses to the...

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How it All Works by Brian Clegg and Adam Dant is a fun and useful book, illustrating, quite literally, that we are part of science, not the other way around. This isn't really a book meant for reading in a sitting or two. Not that it wouldn't be fun and easy to do, but if you want to think about all of the laws and phenomena then you need more time, even if you know many of the principles. So I would consider this more of a fun reference book. I can think of quite a few good uses for it, aside from just being an interesting addition to any library. For those who simply want to better understand the world around them, these short explanations can serve as springboards into reading something, whether from a science book or online, that gives a bit more detail. This would make for an intriguing book for a middle schooler through high schooler who has an interest in science and wants to have an enjoyable way to better understand it. Parents of younger children who always ask the how question for everything can use this book in what I think would be a great way. They could pull out the book and look up whatever might apply to the question. The young child probably won't grasp the explanation very well, but this just serves as an opportunity for the parent to show that it is okay to not know since it can be looked up. Then look up, even if on Wikipedia, the concept and find a way to explain it better to the child. Both the parent and child will likely come away with new information and the child will see how easy and fun it is to learn about new ideas. As you can probably guess, I would recommend this to almost everyone. No, it isn't in depth, it can't be. Yes, the explanations are very brief, but in this case that is a positive. About the only people I might not recommend it to are those parents who want to be able to just toss a book at their child and let the book do all the work while they do "adult" things. Though I think parenting is part of adulting if you've chosen to have children. Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.

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This is sooooo cool! An illustrated guide to the scientific phenomena and laws of science in place all around us in our everyday lives. Even the simplest act, like making breakfast, exemplifies so much of how the natural world works and it cultivates a healthy sense of wonder to be aware of it. This is suitable for any adult nerd, of course, but would also be excellent for middle school and high school readers. It's very information dense, so I recommend reading it in small bites to fully absorb the principles explained, but it's a lesson in applied science that I think will really resonate. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!

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A lovely guide to scientific laws! This would be a perfect gift for a kid ages 10-15 interested in science, especially if they are like I was and enjoy reading reference books cover to cover. Not recommended for most people to read straight through, but a fantastic coffee table book! ARC provided by NetGalley. Posted on goodreads

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How it All Works by Brian Clegg and Adam Dant is a brilliant book that demonstrates the laws of science in action all around us in our everyday lives. The illustrations are mesmerizing and the book captivates you from the start. I thought the bite sized paragraphs of information next to a small picture were brilliant. It is organised so that you can pick it up and put it down again whenever the fancy takes you. It is a great coffee table book, and would also be good for children to help them relate scientific laws to everyday life. It brings science down to earth a bit and helps everyone understand the way it governs everything around us. An excellent book that I would highly recommend to everyone. .

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How it All Works is a meticulously and extravagantly illustrated guide to scientific laws and principles by Adam Dant & Brian Clegg. Due out 2nd Nov 2021 from Quarto on their Ivy Press imprint, it's 160 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. This is a genuinely useful and engaging book which does a good job of illuminating physical/scientific concepts and distilling them into understandable intuitively digestible information. Each double page illustration is packed with action - the illustrations are frenetic and *full* of things to look at. The following key panels explain where, when, what, how, and why. The keyhole panels are labeled with a L for laws, and a P for phenomena alongside an accessible short explanation. Although aimed at middle grade to high school readers, this would be a great addition to the home library. This would also be a good choice for public or school library acquisition and/or gift giving. Five stars. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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