Book Review: Why Sh*t Happens….The Science of a Really Bad Day by Peter J. Bentley PhD

shitWhy Sh*t Happens : The Science of a Really Bad Day by Peter J. Bentley is a basically the sort of book I’ve been waiting all of my life for. A literate and funny look at how things go wrong and why, using the example of one person having what has to be the World’s worst day. As someone who has a M.S. in Physics I am always fascinated by the science behind everyday life. And Bentley lists 39  bad events and the science behind them. The reasons why things happen and the rules that make them happen. Or the rules we’ve violated that makes these day wrecking events happen.

It covers things such as why we slip on soap or shampoo. Which ironically I read the day before I slipped on a bar of soap in the shower and bruised my back.And goes on to such things as how superglue works and how it has an affinity for bonding skin, To why electronic devices, such as I pods get ruined by being immersed in water and how you might be able to fix them if they do. Also things like the amazingly complex, unconscious maneuvers our bodies use to keep us upright and walking and what happens when we trip.

The examples and explanations are witty and very concise and understandable to anyone. The sort of science you don’t need a science degree to fully comprehend and use. In the end, not only will you have learned a lot about how things  work in  everyday life, but you’ll be grateful that the day Dr. Bentley describes isn’t happening to you.

I not only like the book, and the way Dr Bentley writes, but am actually looking for the other books he’s written. The fact that he gives such concise yet accurate descriptions of the ways the world around us works is why I like the book.

Why Sh*t Happens by Peter J. Bentley is Highly Recommended.

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