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.




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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



Other writing



Guardian Profile

See all of Helen's Guardian articles and podcasts.


November 6, 2017

Behold the bubbly ocean

Article published in the November 2017 issue of Physics World.

A bubble in the ocean may seem insignificant, but consider all the bubbles in all the oceans and you find a powerful influence on the planet. Helen talks about her expeditions into stormy seas to learn more about these tiny pockets of gas.


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.

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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."


A Passion For Science: Tales of Discovery and Invention

This extract is a chapter from the women in STEM anthology,  A Passion For Science.


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.


September, 2016

Penguin 'Find-your-next-read'

Helen recommends her five books that opened the door to physics.

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.