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Universal Foam: From Cappuccino to the Cosmos

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Soap bubbles, sea froth, the head of a Guinness, the polystyrene cup that holds your coffee -- foam and its bubbles influence our daily lives in ways we rarely think about. In "Universal Foam," physicist and writer Sidney Perkowitz connects the apparent properties of foam to its deeper scientific significance. From ocean foam, which influences global weather patterns by ...more
Hardcover, 194 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Walker & Company
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Paige
Sep 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in our world and universe
More like 4.5, maybe even 4 (the writing wasn't fantastic or anything, and he definitely could've delved deeper), but I learned a ton of cool information, so that bumps it up.

For the sometimes complex subject that he writes about, Perkowitz explains it in an easy-to-grasp way. Of course my favourite part was when he talked about cosmic foam, but the whole thing was quite a fun enlightenment on bubbles and foam.

I always thought it was fun to play with, and now I can marvel and wonder at how it is
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Tim Martin
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, history, reviewed
This book was delightful, I learned so much from it. Sidney Perkowitz took a subject a seemingly laughable subject and made it fascinating.

The first section lays down the basics of foam. There is far more than just three states of matter - solid, liquid, and gas - and foam is a important type of "soft matter," a substance that is neither rigid like a solid nor completely free flowing like a liquid, and generally contains large amounts of a gas. Perkowitz points out simple observable facts about
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David Meyer
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Other than looking to learn random stuff, I got this impulsively just to see what type of person writes a whole book about foam. The author provided a fairly comprehensive history of foam, and discussed the importance of many of its uses today and the many ways and and places it's found naturally. Rare for a fairly dry, non-fiction science book, you could at times feel the authors excitement about the subject. The book was organized well, and while certain areas became boring at times, mostly it ...more
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Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Covers a very broad range. One of those books where you quote odd facts to people.
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One of those odd books I picked up and really liked. Sort of trivia but educational and few people would not learn something from it.
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Sidney Perkowitz is Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University. Author of many research papers and books, hes also written the popular science books Empire of Light, Universal Foam, Digital People and Hollywood Science which have been translated into six languages and Braille; articles for the LA Times, Washington Post, and other outlets; the stage works Albert & Isadora, Friedmann's ...more