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              Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces

              Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Winkless, Laurie

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              At the scale of atoms and molecules, things quite often like to stick together. But these tiny interactions don't just matter at the nanoscale; taken together, they produce some important larger-scale forces friction, for example. This force keeps our cars on the road, trains on ...the tracks and our feet on the ground; similarly, anything moving through water or air encounters drag, a force caused by the viscous nature of fluids. In other words, there's a lot of stickiness going on, all the time. But what do we actually know about the physics of stickiness? What's really going on? How has nature evolved to make use of it, and what technological advances has it enabled the human race to create? In Sticky, physicist Laurie Winkless brings the amazing world of surface science to the popular science market for the fist time. Using her characteristic fun and relaxed tone, she introduces readers to the glues, adhesives and textures that rule and improve stickiness to give plants and animals an advantage, as well as uncovering the physics behind our sense of touch. Sticky also shows how our understanding of slipperiness opened the door to high-speed flight and space travel, and asks why friction and other surface interactions can cause machinery to literally grind to a halt. This is fundamentally a materials science book, but it touches on topics as broad as medicine, robotics and geology. And, as we'll discover, there are still many great mysteries. By exploring the tiniest of interactions, Laurie Winkless shows how civilisation owes a great deal to our knowledge of the science of stickiness.
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              ISBN 9781472950840
              Released NZ 1 Mar 2022
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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              Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis

              Science and the City: The Mechanics Behind the Metropolis (Paperback)

              By Winkless, Laurie

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              A window into the hidden science and engineering that are the backbone and lifeblood of the city, now and in the future.

              ISBN 9781472913234
              Released NZ 1 Oct 2017
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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              Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces

              Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces (Hardback)

              By Winkless, Laurie

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              An exploration of the amazing world of surface science from the author of Science and the City.

              ISBN 9781472950833
              Released NZ 1 Mar 2022
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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              Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces
                

              Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Winkless, Laurie

              • RRP: $38.99
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              • Pub Date
                18 Apr 23

              You are surrounded by stickiness. With every step you take, air molecules cling to you and slow you down; the effect is harder to ignore in water. When you hit the road, whether powered by pedal or engine, you rely on grip to keep you safe. The Post-it note and glue in your desk ...drawer. The non-stick pan on your stove. The fingerprints linked to your identity. The rumbling of the Earth deep beneath your feet, and the ice that transforms waterways each winter. All of these things are controlled by tiny forces that operate on and between surfaces, with friction playing the leading role. In Sticky, Laurie Winkless explores some of the ways that friction shapes both the manufactured and natural worlds, and describes how our understanding of surface science has given us an ability to manipulate stickiness, down to the level of a single atom. But this apparent success doesn't tell the whole story. Each time humanity has pushed the boundaries of science and engineering, we've discovered that friction still has a few surprises up its sleeve. So do we really understand this force? Can we say with certainty that we know how a gecko climbs, what's behind our sense of touch, or why golf balls, boats and aircraft move as they do? Join Laurie as she seeks out the answers from experts scattered across the globe, uncovering a stack of scientific mysteries along the way.
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              ISBN 9781472950857
              Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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