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Why Can't Elephants Jump?: and 113 more science questions answered [Paperback]

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7 Oct 2010
Well, why not? Is it because elephants are too large or heavy (after all, they say hippos and rhinos can play hopscotch)? Or is it because their knees face the wrong way? Or do they just wait until no one's looking? Read this brilliant new compilation to find out.This is popular science at its most absorbing and enjoyable. That is why the previous titles in the New Scientist series have been international bestsellers and sold over two million copies between them. Like Does Anything Eat Wasps? (2005), Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? (2006) and Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? (2008), this is another wonderful collection of wise, witty and often surprising answers to a staggering range of science questions, from 'why is frozen milk yellow?' to 'what's the storage capacity of the human brain in gigabytes?'.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781846683985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846683985
  • ASIN: 184668398X
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What's the storage capacity of the human brain in gigabytes? What's the farthest point on land from the sea? Why is frozen milk yellow? And why do flamingos stand on one leg?

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Can Jumbo jump? Find out on page 104 More questions and answers from the popular 'Last Word' column·Why is frozen milk yellow? ·How do you bury a body in space?·Will eating bogeys harm you? ·Do upside-down bats get dizzy?·Can you float on jelly?Every week, New Scientist magazine's 'Last Word' column poses another tricky scientific question to its readers around the world, attracting answers that are wise, witty, well-informed and downright wacky. This all-new 'Last Word' collection follows the previous No. 1 bestselling volumes with another irresistible torrent of ingenuity that will delight loyal fans and new readers alike.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Facts and Thoughts 16 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this - lots of facts I have always wondered about, though I have only looked at some - and some I find the explanations a bit challenging.

A really good pair of books if you are wanting to buy someone a present would be this with Peter Cave's Do Llamas Fall in Love?: 33 Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles

That gets you thinking for yourself more as well as being lots of fun. Facts with this - and not fiction with Llamas, but thoughts with Llamas to discuss. I'm still unsure about the right answer to the llama question and not always all that clear about some of the scientific facts. Good features of both.

Excellent buys together for your student offspring - solves my problem for some presents anyway!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is so not helping me get my beauty sleep 3 May 2011
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This book is fascinating. As a long-time devotee of New Scientist, I knew I'd love it, but I didn't realise how addictive it would be, and now I find myself reading "Just another one..." for hours once in bed. But it's worth it :) Great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why can't elephants jump? 14 Jan 2011
By marg
Format:Paperback
Bought this book as a stocking filler for my grown up son. He was pleased to receive an easy-read book (usually reading for study puposes)and will now be boring us with his new knowledge of fascinating facts. Suitable for wide age range.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Find out in the book... 27 Oct 2010
By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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New Scientist has a reader's Q&A section, where readers submit questions and others answer them. The questions are sometimes obvious but without a simple answer, or perhaps abstruse but with a surprisingly elegant answer - if one has the right mindset.

As an engineer and scientist I found this amusing and interesting. So will those with younger and/or enquiring minds. It is NOT dumbed down and the answers are all intended to be relevant and accurate. Best of all, many have a light touch and offer us a new way of looking at life around us.

It is a super book for dipping into, and if you share a house it is quite likely that you'll suddenly be tempted to also share what you are reading with someone sat next to you, as in "Listen to this for a moment: 'Why don't bats get dizzy when they hang upside down? Or do they?' It says here..." and you go on for the next two intelligent and fascinating pages while your companion quietly nods off with a polite half smile. But an hour later you come back after having made a couple of cups of tea, and find they are now reading your book and won't relinquish it.

If you are not interested in the quirky nature of the world around you then don't buy it, the jokes are few and far between, and mostly in-jokes at that. But if for you our world is an exciting place, you'll find this is a nice relaxed way to get a grip on some more of it.

Also from the New Scientist and well worth looking at are:
Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?
Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?
Does Anything Eat Wasps?
Will We Ever Speak Dolphin?
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Why can't elephants jump? is the follow up to last years excellent Do polar bears get lonely. The books follow the same basic premise; questions sent in to the New Scientist ( A scientific magazine) are answered by fellow readers and the best answer(s) got published.

I think the editor of the book has once again done a sterling job in only picking those questions which a) The average joe can understand (including me!) and b) are both interesting and sometimes perplexing before you read the answer. The answers, on a whole, are also highly informative and you really get the feeling that they are not holding back on the science, providing an accurate, and often lucid, response.

However, while a solid 4/5 book, I have two main criticisms. The first one is that often, more than one explanation is given to a question. This would not bother me usually, as it means that the question was probably so difficult and/or interesting, that the editors had to pick out more than one decent answer. BUT, sometimes these answers seem rather different from each other, and apart from the rare exception, no editor comment etc is given to say which is the correct, or more accurate one. The second minor criticism is that while it's great that the answerers can use complex language, often the average reader can get bogged down in scientific process names without consulting a dictionary or just skipping the word. Most people would be able to understand the majority of the book, just a word of warning if you have an inquisitive youngster who wants this book, or others in the series, the language and general prose *WILL* quite often be complex enough for most adults to scratch their heads!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 26 Dec 2013
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Special request from our son - all sorts of nerdy questions asked and answered!! Great series - he wants the rest!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great present 22 Feb 2013
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Bought this as a Christmas present for the Grand children good job as well these books stopped many arguments they all have one each now
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5.0 out of 5 stars Things you always wanted to know 10 Jan 2013
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Never is a question silly when you have abook like this which can give you an answer to the question. Great fun reading and knowing this lityle odd facts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brought as a gift
a friend of mine is known for asking silly questions and I think this gift will be perfect for her. I flicked through the book when it arrived and the subjects look very... Read more
Published 16 months ago by HDenham
5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't they
Purchased this with the Penguin questions and answers for the School Library and the children love quoting information gained. A good addition to the library.
Published 17 months ago by Butterfly
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
Brilliantly interesting and absorbing in imparting 'bite size' facts. Gave this book to someone who also has an inquiring mind into some of the obscure facts of this world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just as entertaining as the others books in the series
new question and also questions answered in previous books with new answers
also some of the new questions related/follow from questions asked in previous books
still a... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr. Andrei Vais
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"Why Can't Elephants Jump?..." was a great read, full of intriguing questions and even more intriguing answers. Definitely a book I'd reccommend.
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As good as ever. A great book with fun for everyone. The new scientist never fails to add humour to everyday questions and experiments. Read more
Published on 7 May 2011 by woolyleprechaun
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn something new
I bought the whole series of these for my husband for his birthday. He has been reading them on the train to work and comes home each night with some very funny, sometimes useful... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by Mum of 2
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for dipping into
This is a lovely little book, full of the kind of popular question that we all ponder from time to time, straight from 'New Scientist'. There are even good questions from children. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2011 by Peter B
5.0 out of 5 stars Potted Science
Another in the series from New Scientist Magazine. It answers all the questions you didn't even know you wanted to ask. Excellent.
Published on 31 Jan 2011 by Captain
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