Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions
• What's the chemical formula for a human being?
• Why do boomerangs come back?
• Why do flying fish fly?
• Do the living really outnumber the dead?
• Why does lightning fork?
• Why does the end of a whip crack?
Everyone has at one time or another thought up odd quest ...more
I think it was put together very well and very amusing but someone looking for solid facts or not interested in hearing from random individuals could possibly find it disappointing. Otherwise, fun for all ages.
Also noticed that it works as a flipbook with a fis ...more
Personally only few questions where in there for me.
Some rather humorous.
The answers are often quite detailed in their replies, or require some level of scienti ...more
Segunda parte del grandísimo libro ¿Hay algo que coma avispas?, que recientemente comentamos en CPI. Son preguntas y respuestas que hacen y dan los lectores de la sección “La última palabra” (The last word) de la revista New Scientist .
Y, de nuevo, la lectura es absolutamente adictiva. ¿Por qué salen las canas? ¿Por qué lloramos al pelar cebollas? ¿Por qué la mayoría de los perros tienen la nariz negra? ¿El efecto placebo siempre es bueno o hay efecto placebo negativo? ¿Por qué hacen tanto ruid...more
This book is full of questions with answers from a variety of folks. Most questions are answered by multiple people.
Random bits of science for an any time enjoyment: while reading other books that get too boring, between books, bathroom reads, traveling or waiting for your turn in some office et ...more
Length? – Most of a day’s read.
Characters? – No.
Setting? – Real World.
Written approximately? – 2006.
Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more.
Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? No.
Short storyline: A mixture of odd science questions and answers.
Notes for the reader: There is sometimes a question about the reliability of some of the answers. Sometimes, they are conflicting. Then again, ...more
But day to day the questions that people want to know the answers to are things like 'why is the sky blue?' and 'does hot water freeze more quickly than cold water?'.
And this is the book to find answers to lots of questions that you really want to know.
The questions and answers all come from a column called 'The last word ...more
A good factual book which I feel is at its best when you dip in and out of it w ...more
Every question was split into sections so that made it easy for readers who skip sections to find their favourite area of interest, as it was, i'm not a skipper and thoroughly enjoyed every question posed.
Well worth reading whatever your age or ability and knowledge of science in general.
My favourite and a good illustration of what the book does is a question in a letter to New Scientist some years ago about hot water freezing quicker than cold water. This is now understood (isn) and it the way the world actually works. We see the full range of responses to the issue being raised and a little bit of history about how it was investigated. Fascinating stuff.
Well put together from the last word column in New Scientist. Unfortunately I'd just read the 99 experiments to do at home also from the new scientist and some of the things were the same so I nearly skipped a whole chapter by reading the problem and then realising I'd just read this in the other book, next problem...
well worth reading!
Almost all of the questions are such that, at some point in time, they must have sprung up in my mind too!
And the answers are so insightful, yet so lucid that one would fall deeper in their love of Science.
Yes, some answers are quite long and boring, but then there are funny ones too.
An anytime-readable and a must-keep-forever!