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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (6 Nov 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781251649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781251645
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New Scientist, the world's leading science & technology weekly magazine, was launched in 1956 "for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences".

The brand's mission is no different today - New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour and issues that affect us all, explaining why a development is significant as well as putting social and cultural context around it.

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The dazzling new collection of scientific questions and answers from New Scientist magazine

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Avidly read for over fifty years, New Scientist is the bestselling and fastest growing science magazine in the world. Question Everything is compiled and edited by Mick O'Hare, production editor of New Scientist, who is frequently interviewed on TV and radio.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Brian Clegg TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Nov 2014
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I am very fond of these New Scientist books that bring together question and answer sessions from the weekly magazine's Last Word column. The idea is simple - readers send in questions, other readers provide answers (which I assume are only used if they are reasonably correct (or funny)). The series has been very popular, but inevitably some books in the series stand out, and for me this wasn't one of the better ones.

It's not that there isn't good material. I enjoyed, for instance, entries on the spinning of cricket balls (and I hate sport), the long life of fruit cakes, skimming stones and the reason animals don't need toilet paper. But there were just too many questions and answers that didn't really give me anything new and exciting. Perhaps all the really mind boggling questions have already been dealt with.

The final question also illustrated the limitations of this approach. Someone asked how the UK TV audience figures are calculated. They clearly don't ask every viewer what they watched - so how do we know that 9 million people watched programme X? The answer about a sample of viewers whose viewing is recorded was fine, but the problem is that in a 'real' popular science book, the writer would be likely to think through what more would people want to discover? A writer would develop the question. But this 'crowd sourced' approach means there isn't that opportunity to dive in. So here, for instance, the really interesting question is how do they deal with the fact that many us now hardly watch any TV at the time of broadcast, but instead watch a mix of programmes time shifted with a PVR, catch-up TV and streamed shows? That's where the questioning should have gone, but the format doesn't allow for it unless someone happens to write in with the follow-up question.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By patricia cox P.K.Cox on 21 Nov 2014
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Very informative and interesting book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Parr on 8 Dec 2014
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I've bought every one of the New Scientist's books and everyone, including this, has been excellent
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dollydaydream on 22 Nov 2014
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Perfect for my 12 year old nephew!
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By Ruth Pettet on 20 Dec 2014
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Fast delivery and looks interesting. Bought as an Xmas gift so will wait to see the response.
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Very understandable answers to a lot of tricky questions. A delight to read
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