The Last Word: More Questions and Answers on Everyday Science v.2

The Last Word: More Questions and Answers on Everyday Science v.2

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Why do boomerangs come back? Would parachutists be able to play a game of catch while falling? Why does grilled cheese go stringy? What would happen to a pint of beer in space? Why doesn't cling film cling to metal properly? Why does the wind blow in gusts? A follow-up to the highly successful The Last Word, this new paperback brings you more questions and answers from The New Scientist's popular column. Readers of the leading science weekly are invited to write in with enquiries about everyday scientific phenomena and other readers respond. This new selection of the most interesting examples covers an enormous range of subjects from everyday household products, to plants, animals, the human body, gadgets, and our environment. This is a fun, fascinating, and enlightening read for anyone who asks themselves these questions.show more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 128 x 194.6 x 11.9mm | 263.75g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • line drawings throughout
  • 0192862049
  • 9780192862044

About New Scientist

The New Scientist is the leading English language science weekly, selling over 120,000 copies. It also publishes on the Internet through its website, www.newscientist.com.show more

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Ever wondered why eggs are egg-shaped? Or what happends to beer in outer space? If so, then this is the book for you. every week in the New Scientist, the Last Word column publishes questions from readers about anything that's puzzling them, and invites answers from other readers. The more esoteric, the better: why does grilled cheese go stringy? Why are long balloons harder to blow up than round balloons? Two years ago, the magazine had the clever idea of collecting the questions and answers in a book; it was so successful that it's published a second volume.The great thing about the New Scientist is, of course, that it's read by scientists, so you can usually expect a range of interesting and informed answers to the questions - not all of them in agreement with each other. The question of whether, if you find yourself in a free-falling lift, it would help to jump just before you hit the bottom of the lift shaft, provoked a range of contradictory responses. The questions are always fascinating, but the answers are occasionally hard-going if you're not a scientist. On the other hands, some answers are absolute gems: a question about why some sea animals are translucent provoked one respondent to write in with a story about finding a medusa in the South Atlantic so transparent he was able to shine sunlight through it and light a cigarette.It makes for hugely entertaining reading, but it's a book to dip into and savour rather than read in one go. So why are eggs egg-shaped? To stop them rolling away, of course... (Kirkus UK)show more

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