By Len Fisher
In chapters that include doughnut dunking, how to boil the perfect egg and “Bath Foam, Beer Foam, and the Meaning of Life,” Fisher breaks down your run-of-the-mill, taken-for-granted, everyday activity and turns it into art. Meanwhile, you get a deeper understanding of the behavior of atoms and molecules and discover new ways to use physics to improve your sex life. Fact: a sperm cell’s journey to the egg involves rocket launching, diving, tunneling, surfing and synchronized swimming—which may or may not explain the lack of such activity in its donor during foreplay. Not that that’s an excuse. I’m just saying.