Why Don't Spiders Stick to Their Webs?: And 317 Other Everyday Mysteries of Science

Why Don't Spiders Stick to Their Webs?: And 317 Other Everyday Mysteries of Science

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By (author) Robert Matthews

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  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 20mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1851689001
  • ISBN 13: 9781851689002
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 6,507

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Why can't we tickle ourselves? Which properties give you the best chance of winning Monopoly? What would happen if you fell into a black hole? Is it possible to hurt your brain if you think too much? In this entertaining and enlightening tour of day-to-day life, award-winning writer and scientist Robert Matthews tackles everything from the puzzling maths of odd socks to the real 'string theory' mystery: how does string acquire all those unwanted knots?

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US: Robert Matthews is a visiting lecturer in science at Aston University, in Birmingham, England. He has published pioneering research in fields ranging from code-breaking to predicting coincidences, and won the internationally renowned Ig Nobel Prize in Physics for his studies of Murphy's Law, including the reason why toast so often lands butter-side down. An award-winning science writer, he has contributed to many newspapers and magazines world-wide, and is currently science consultant for Focus magazine, a flagship BBC publication. His book 25 Big Ideas: The Science that's Changing our World (9781851683918) is also published by Oneworld.

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