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The Velocity of Honey: And More Science of Everyday Life

by Jay Ingram

As the co-host of the award-winning @discovery.ca television show, Jay Ingram’s daily updates on the world of science and nature are a daily mainstay for TV science junkies. On radio, Ingram was the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks for more than a decade. And as an author, Ingram has written several books for both adults and young readers, bringing often difficult scientific topics to entertaining life with the same easygoing style he’s perfected on TV and radio.

Ingram’s latest offering, The Velocity of Honey, brings readers more of the same. A follow-up to The Science of Everyday Life, he sets out to further explain, demystify, and debunk some of the strange scientific phenomena that pop up in everyone’s day-to-day existence: Why, when you drip honey from a spoon onto a piece of toast, does it behave the way it does? Does toast really always fall butter-side-down? And why do drops of spilled coffee always dry in the shape of a ring, and not a solid circle around the bottom of a cup?

Ingram takes on all these eternal questions and more with his casual style, working through the physics, chemistry, and psychology of it all with explanations that are both easy to understand and fun to read. Those who find a prose style that’s chock-full of chatty asides and quips to be more grating than endearing will probably have trouble with Ingram’s romp through the realm of scientific curiosity. Otherwise, The Velocity of Honey makes for a lively read.


Reviewer: Paul Challen

Publisher: Penguin Books Canada


Price: $32

Page Count: 204 pp

Format: Cloth

ISBN: 0-670-89310-2

Released: Oct.

Issue Date: 2003-11

Categories: Science, Technology & Environment