Universal Foam by Sidney Perkowitz
From Cappuccino to the Cosmos

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If you think foam is just the froth on your cappuccino or the top of a wave, think again. Foam has implications far beyond the commonplace: It has surprisingly intricate properties that engage scientists around the world. In Universal Foam, physicist and writer Sidney Perkowitz connects the ordinary properties of foam to its deeper scientific meanings. From ocean foam that influences weather around the world, to the revolutionary medicated foam, fibrin sealant, which controls bleeding in trauma victims, to the extraordinary aerogel which will be sprayed into the tail of a comet in 2004 to capture particles and return them to Earth, Perkowitz tells a surprising story of the importance and fascination of foam. Along the way, he explains the origin of the polystyrene peanuts that fill our packages and landfills, and shows the secret of cooking a great souffl and making a perfect cappuccino. Like foam itself, Perkowitz's writing is grounded in serious science, yet effervescent and a delight to the senses. After reading this highly original book, you will never again look at a wave or a galaxy in the same way.

About Sidney Perkowitz

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Educated as a physicist, Sidney Perkowitz has produced dozens of research papers and books, along with four popular science books, works for stage and screen, and numerous magazine articles. "Hollywood Science" combines his science background with his love of movies. Born in New York, he lives in Atlanta and is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University. He's happy to hear from readers at www.sidneyperkowitz.net.
Published June 1, 2000 by Walker & Company. 194 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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An exploration of the science of foam that is also an engaging appreciation of its cultural uses—think of your beer’s head or cappuccino’s cap—from physicist Perkowitz (Empire of Light, 1996).

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Universal Foam: The Story of Bubbles from Cappuccino to the Cosmos Sidney Perkowitz 192pp, Vintage, £6.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL No one has yet written "froth: the trend that changed history", but Universal Foam comes pretty close to being the definitive example of publishing froth.

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In a book that travels from the earthly delights of cappuccino to the frothy structure of the universe, Emory University physics professor Perkowitz (Empire of Light) shares his ""foamy obsession."" Deftly blending theoretical discussion with real-world examples, Perkowitz introduces readers to f...

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