Why You Can Never Get to the End of the Rainbow

Why You Can Never Get to the End of the Rainbow : And Other Moments of Science

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Have you ever wondered: why cats' eyes glow in the dark? why a rubber band snaps back? what the world looks like to a bee? how aspirin works? what life would be like without zero? This book contains the answers to these questions and dozens more. Written for readers of all ages with little or no background in science, it is the perfect armchair companion for curious people who want to know more about science in everyday life but have only a moment to spare. The short essays help remove some of the mystery of science, giving readers clear and concise information in language that is easy to understand. And they are fun to read. Why can one rotten apple spoil the barrel? The answer is just a moment of science away.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 139.4 x 208 x 14.5mm | 288.64g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253207800
  • 9780253207807

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The short essays help remove some of the mystery of science, giving readers clear and concise information in language that is easy to understand. And they are fun to read.show more

About Don Glass

DON GLASS is Special Projects Director at public radio station WFIU-FM and the radio producer of A Moment of Science. PAUL SINGH was Professor of Physics at Indiana University and the science producer of A Moment of Science until his retirement in 1992. STEPHEN FENTRESS is a writer who was most recently Producer/Music Director at the Strasenburgh Planetarium of the Rochester (N.Y.) Museum and Science Center, where he wrote and produced planetarium shows.show more

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgments Benjamin Franklin and the Swatches on the Snow Once YouOve Had It, You CanOt Catch It Again Why Is the Sky Blue? Static Electricity Why One Rotten Apple Can Spoil the Barrel Superconductors Does Smoking Cause Lung Cancer? What Is a Gene? Why Do CatsO Eyes Glow at Night? Paul Ehrlich, Dyes, and Drugs Why You Can Never Get to the End of the Rainbow The Difference between a Square and a Diamond Sounds over a Lake at Evening Do the Best Dogs Come from the Pound? Flip a Coin, Beat the Odds Stroboscopic Stagecoach Wheels Why Are Bells Made of Metal? Why Rivers DonOt Flow in a Straight Line WhatOs Your Average Speed? The Basic Unit of Life How Aspirin Got Its Name Cold Water at the Bottom of a Lake Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men? A Thirty Percent Chance of Rain Limeys How Does Lung Cancer Start? The Light of Spring Vitamines and Vitamins Colors and Their Opposites How Does the World Look to a Bee? Death of the Dinosaurs: A Quick Review Why Do We Put Cut Flowers in Water? Life without Zero Prostaglandins Sweetened Condensed Milk What the Weather Report DoesnOt Tell You Why Mowing the Lawn DoesnOt Kill the Grass A Mirror Riddle GalileoOs Job Application The Consequences of Smallness Ozone and Ice Benjamin FranklinOs Madeira Wine Surprise Viruses Attack Bacteria The Birth of the Atomic Age Honest Answers to Personal Questions Risk Assessment Broken Symmetry: Cosmetic or Cosmic? Antimatter The Secret of Clear Ice Cubes Broken Cups and Atoms Trapdoor Codes Late-Night Radio Does Nature Abhor a Vacuum? How Does Water Get to the Top of a Tree? Adding and Subtracting Colors What Could Change EarthOs Climate? Polarized Light and a Quiet Lake Are Forest Fires Always Bad? Death of the Dinosaurs Revisited Breaking a Coffee Cup How Bacteria Resist Antibiotics Cool Wind before a Thunderstorm Lightning Thunder Heat Lightning How Many Girls, How Many Boys? Modern Biology in a Monastery Garden See Yourself as Others See You Neutrinos and the End of the Universe Cooking an Egg How a Field Can Become a Forest The Most Important Fly in the History of Science How Plants Fight How Fast Are the Clouds Moving? Sort Nuts by Shaking the Can Everybody Talks about Genes--But What Do They Do? Looking High and Low at Leaves A Taste Test Why A Rubber Band Snaps Back Breaking the Tension How Cockraoches Get Away The Moon Illusion Polarizing Sunglasses Pros and Cons of the Mercator Projection A Surprise at a ShadowOs Edge Algae as a Thermostat Balance a Yardstick without Looking A Rock in a Rowboat Whiter and Brighter Than New Hormone Insecticides An Inverted Image A New Person from a Nose? The Mysterious Number Pi Springs in the Cafeteria Firefly Signals Mirages Seeing Yellow Why Cotton Wrinkles DNA Caught in the Act NewtonOs Rainbow The Elastic Ruler Uncorking a Mystery Psychological Accounting Color Is in the Eye of the Beholder Wine and Life The Sweet Spot on a Baseball Bat Make an Image without a Lens Chimes, for Your Ears Only ItOs Not Just the Heat; ItOs the Humidity Fluorescent Lamps The Truth about Bleach Carbon Dating Soap Bubbles and Butterfly Wings Tracing the Roots of Energy Why Fan Blades Stay Dirty Brown Apples and Brown Tea Optics and Glue Light Takes Time Read Fine Print through a Pinhole Get Your Bearings with Two Thumbtacks A Globe as a Sundial An Ink Ring in a Glass of Water Why After-Dinner Mints Taste Cool A Leaf Falls A Dot, a Line, a Crease, a Beautiful Curve Directing a Living Cell Dancing Pollen Grains Wet Weather Means Brighter Colors The Spinning Earth and the Weather Infection: A Struggle between Two Organisms Why DoesnOt a Pregnant Women Reject Her Fetus? The Floating Cork Trick A Thousandth of a Second Touching and Being Touched On a Clear Day, How Far Can You See? Edison and the Bulge-heads The Shape of Sound The Wrong Formula for Water Discovering Viruses Cells Get Old and Die Sorting Out Musical Pitches The Echo of a Train Microbursts and Airplane Crashes WhatOs inside an Atom? Dew-bows Halogen Lamps When Pop Bottles DonOt Blow Up... and When They Do ItOs Not What You Hear--ItOs When You Hear It Weightless Water Warmth from a Cold Lamp Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Artificial Flavoring Means Fewer OChemicalsO Catch a Falling Dollar Cosmic Rays Chocolate Bloom Getting Robbed in the Camera Obscura CFCs and CO2 The Shapes of Snow Skidding Downhill Infrared Dark Meat and Light Meat Sperm Meets Egg: What Really Happens Do You Really Have a One-Track Mind? The Season of Static Electricity What Soap Does to Water Roll Over, George Washington DonOt Believe Your Fingers The Curve of a Meandering River Curved Space in a Christmas Ornament Guest in Every Cell The Glory The Waterfall Effect White Sky, Gray Snow Why Chickens DonOt Have Webbed Feet Can You Draw a Penny from Memory? Clouds in a Jar Ultraviolet Reproduction and Sex: WhatOs the Difference? A Comb, a Sock, and a Faucet Our Most Distant Relatives Cheap Imitation Ivory Freezing Hot Water Pipes The Rising Water Mystery Would You Drink This? Is It Ever Too Cold to Snow? Is It Ever Too Warm to Snow? Alcohol Content Summer Antifreeze and Candyshow more

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