How Can You Tell if a Spider Is Dead? And More Moments of Science
Have a minute? That's long enough to learn about rust, quicksand, tiny bubbles, or creaking snow. Or the shape of lightening bolts, how dogs eat, why it's hard to burn one log, or what our pupils tell us. This is a book to reawaken your childhood sense of curiosity. It's a feast of unusual facts and intriguing information for people with lots of curiosity but only a moment to spare. There is something to discover on every page-from what Jello is made of to why you can't heat an ice cube-presented in a concise and entertaining way. These easy-to-understand science stories are sure to delight the curious child in all of us.A sequel to the popular Why You Can Never Get to the End of the Rainbow and Other Moments of Science, also available from Indiana University Press.
- Paperback | 216 pages
- 141.7 x 208.8 x 17.5mm | 273.71g
- 22 Oct 1996
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
- 1 b&w photos
About Don Glass
DON GLASS is Special Projects Director at Indiana University's public radio station WFIU-FM and the radio producer of A Moment of Science.
Table of contents
Partial Table of ContentsThe Shape of the EarthA Rising FastballPine Tar Home RunsThe Force of a TornadoAnemiaNewton, Tennis, and the Nature of LightStereo in 1881A Water MagnifierBowled Over By a Sound WaveHow Do You Know If a Spider is Dead?Degradable PlasticsA Molecular Soccer MatchConversation at a Crowded PartyBlood-lettingGood Science, Bad ResultsTickling the Funny BonePutting South on TopLearning to TalkBaby's First StepsPackaging for the BirdsThe Roots of "Algebra"Morality and NutritionMoral Fiber in Whole Wheat BreadWhat Temperature Boils Down ToThe Fable of Centrifugal ForceSavoring the AromaSalting Your FoodWhy Human Milk Is Low in IronRadiation, a Word of Many MeaningsBabies on TreadmillsA Ticklish QuestionBicycles, Footballs, and Space ShuttlesThe Shape of a RaindropRings of LightMaking Water in the DesertCracks at Right AnglesPouring Coffee on a PlaneUsing Purple Cabbage As a pH IndicatorCooking with AlloysThe Legacy of the DodoThe Musical BeanBenjamin Franklin Drops a DollarFrom One Cell to ManyCologne and the Blue SkyFather Determines SexThe Monarch Butterfly's Poison PillAnimal or Plant?Approaching the Dew Point You Can't Heat an ice CubeMeasuring Altitude with a ThermometerRelying on BacteriaInvention of the Vacuum CleanerWater Is Hard to HeatHumidity, Relative to What?The "Weightlessness of Space"The Mystery of ProteinsWho Can Drink Milk?Reflections in the WaterHalf Heads, Half TailsSpiders Don't Get Caught in Their Own WebsFirst Elementary particlePillbugs Live in Damp PlacesCloud SeedingRadarCoriolis EffectIllusion in a Coffee CupWhy Are Clouds White?Dimples in GolfballsNight VisionSeeing StarsWhere Do All Those Calories Go?Some Like It HotWhen You Eat an