Helen writes regularly about physics, the oceans, and being a scientist. She has two monthly columns on everyday physics, one for Focus magazine and one for the Wall Street Journal. For her Focus column, she was shortlisted for the 'Columnist of the Year' by the Professional Publishers Association in 2014.
Her first book, Storm in a Teacup, was published in the UK in November 2016 and has been translated into 13 languages.
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Published by Transworld in UK & Commonwealth
What is it that helps both scorpions and cyclists to survive? What do raw eggs and gyroscopes have in common? And why does it matter? In an age of string theory, fluid dynamics and biophysics, it can seem as if the science of our world is only for specialists and academics. Not so, insists Helen Czerski – and in this sparkling new book she explores the patterns and connections that illustrate the grandest theories in the smallest everyday objects and experiences. Linking what makes popcorn pop to Antarctic winds, coffee stains to blood tests or ketchup bottles to aliens in space, every thread you pull in the fabric of everyday life shows you something new about the intricate patterns of our world. Read "Storm in a Teacup" and you will see and understand the world as you never did before.
"A quite delightful book on the joys, and universality, of physics. Czerski’s enthusiasm is infectious because she brings our humdrum everyday world to life, showing us that it is just as fascinating as anything that can be seen by the Hubble Telescope or created at the Large Hadron Collider."
– Jim Al-Khalili
"If you've ever felt like understanding how things work is just too big a mountain to climb then read this book. It'll carry you gently to the peak and show you how stunning and beautiful the view is. It is rare that someone can explain that which seems endlessly complex and makes you feel like in fact you'd understood it all along. Helen Czerski's book does just that. Fun, fascinating and brilliantly well written - 'Right there, in my teacup, I can see the storm.' Me too and I know what it is now."
– Marcus Brigstocke
"Excellent....an ideal gift for any scientifically inquisitive person, including children or adults who retain a child's sense of wonder. Robert Hooke would have loved it." Read more
– John Gribbin, Wall Street Journal
Full list of countries and publishers:
UK – Transworld
USA – WW Norton
Brazil – Record
China – United Sky
Finland – Atena Kustannus
Germany – Kruger
Italy – Bollati Boringhieri
Korea – Business Books
Poland – Czarna Owca
Romania – Trei
Russia – Mann, Ivanov & Ferber
Spain – Paidos
Taiwan – Suncolor
Netherlands – Maven
Turkey – Domingo
See all of Helen's Guardian articles and podcasts.
January 13 , 2017
A Week in the Life of Physicist Helen Czerski
In the Wall Street Journal 'My Week' series, Helen tells us that physics shows up everywhere in daily life, even at breakfast.
November 17, 2016
Physics made easy by Dangerous Earth presenter Dr Helen Czerski
The best thing about physics is that it’s all about patterns, and the same patterns pop up in lots of different places. That means you can explain some really important situations using surprisingly mundane bits of everyday life. Here’s a taster.
November 03, 2016
Matchstick Scientist - Helen's Mancunian Heritage
About "Storm in a Teacup", Helen says, "In the course of writing this book, I realized that I had never consciously connected my northern roots with my path in science. But the connecting threads are there, and the whole process has made me reflect on how growing up in the north-west of England influenced my attitudes towards science and technology."
October 25, 2016
The blue below: why monitoring the oceans from space is so important
In this blog post for EUMETSAT, Helen explains why monitoring the oceans is absolutely vital.
Helen recommends her five books that opened the door to physics.
A Passion For Science: Tales of Discovery and Invention
This extract is a chapter from the women in STEM anthology, A Passion For Science.