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The Secret House: Twenty-Four Hours in the Strange and Unexpected World in Which We Spend Our Nights and Days based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I don't think that I will recommend this to someone I know who already washes his hands twice before dinner, but if the omnipresence of microbes doesn't freak you out, this is a fascinating book. This covers the minutiae of daily life, the slight shakings of the entire house when one walks across the floor, the dust mites, the drift of particles around the world, the rain of particles from outer space. Bodanis also reviews the ingredients and creation of common items: potato chips, toothpaste, lipstick, deoderant, cake mixes, explaining not only how they work, but how much of the processing is purely advertising hype. The book includes some fantastic special slow-motion, electron-microscope and heat-sensitive photographs. One of the most enlightening and educational books that I have ever read!