Froth!: The Science of Beer
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Froth!: The Science of Beer

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Ever wonder where the bubbles in your beer came from, which way they are going, and why? Have you considered the physical differences among ales, lambics, and lagers? Do you contemplate your pint?

Accomplished homebrewer and physicist Mark Denny has crafted a scientifically sound and witty investigation of the physics and chemistry of beer. He recounts and explains the hist...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published May 6th 2009 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Jun 20, 2010 Andrei rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Dorky jokes aside, this is a good and fast read about beer history, its production, and physics associated with it. However, about a third of the book is not about the science, as the title suggests. What science there is is insightful and interesting, but skip the equations, because the author does the derivations presuming somewhat more advanced math level than I have.
Alex B
The writing style (excessive use of footnotes and extraneous bad jokes) annoyed me but the book is short enough that I still found it fairly enjoyable. However, the book does seem to lack a clear identity. The book's subtitle is "The Science of Beer" however, in many places the book is merely about beer with a little bit of physics thrown in on the side. Much of the book is describing beer and then saying, 'Oh look, here's a bit of fun but unnecessary physics we can do related to beer.' It remin...more
Mar 26, 2011 Joshua added it
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I have been looking for books to use to teach a chemistry-for-non-majors course on beer and/or whiskey. I hoped that this book would be useful, but it is pretty worthless. I strongly recommend against bothering to read this book. On the bright side though, it demonstrated to me the low bar for publishing popular science books.

The book consists of 168 pages of text (excluding glossary, etc.). Many of these pages are wasted by gratuitous photos of beer pints. Many of these pages are also wasted by...more
Steven Peterson
Mark Denny has put together a humorous and yet educational volume, “Froth: The Science of Beer.” Are you ready for this? He is a physicist by academic training (with a Ph. D. from Edinburgh University in Scotland), and he uses physics (and math) to explain brewing beer! Most fun of all, e writes in a vastly amusing style! His writing brings smile after smile to my face. . . . Word of advice: Read the footnotes; many of them are hilarious!

At the heart of the book is a set of chapters where he exp...more
Les Gehman
Lots of foam, not much beer.
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Started writing in 2005, after 20 years working for a living...In fact, writing is work, of course, but I mean that I like it a lot more than the 9-to-5 grind of my office job (research engineer for a multinational aerospace corporation).

Ingenium was my first book, and I guess it shows, but I still have a great fondness for it. I was approached out of the blue by the editor of Johns Hopkins Univ...more
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