- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books; FIRST edition (5 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861978766
- ISBN-13: 978-1861978769
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions (New Scientist) Paperback – 5 Oct 2006
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I originally bought the book for our daughter who is aged 15 but couldn't resist a look at it myself, had to read it though as it is just so gripping, once looking at one question and answer, then it snowballs. (At least if I get caught short on the conversation front, now I can think of different questions and see how people answer), or they will just look and think what the heck am I on.
A must book for summer holidays, long car journeys, you could ask one question and get everyone to give their answer to it, enjoyable fun and could put the end to are we there yet?
Bought my copy from Amazon on offer, so got a really good deal, but even at full price less than £8.00 still a good buy.
Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze? compiles a list of these questions, all categorised into their own section, all come with a variety of responses (scientific, factual and sometimes funny and bizarre) for you to enjoy.
You don't have to be an expert in science to appreciate and enjoy this book (such as me). Embrace it and learn something new everyday. Definitely worth checking out.
The information is taken from New Scientist magazine, however, so very often it is quite complex and detailed. The questions are very varied, and range across natural history, biology, chemistry, physics, astrophysics -- you name it. Sometimes the questions are very basic; sometimes they are complicated -- and sometimes the answers can be half a dozen lines or several pages long.
These trivia snippets are a bit like grown-up factoids: interesting to read and file away, and maybe useful once in a blue moon, but mainly worth reading to satisfy some curiosity.
Because the book is divided into sections, and each question forms a different topic, it is very easy to dip in and out of this book. It's much harder to read it all in great long sessions, as you would a novel.
So this is maybe a book to keep in the small room and flick through when the mood takes you!
Although it is non-fiction, Penguin's Feet isn't a reference book as such. Because the topics are so different, and the replies vary in depth and detail, this really isn't a serious science guide.
Instead it's a jolly compilation which lets you surf through some science -- and it's no problem if you skip the bits you don't understand!
The book is divided into chapters, depending on the focus of the questions selected - our bodies, plants and animals, and weird weather for example. While the book is informative, it is equally as likely to raise a smile - the overall tone is not that of a difficult, highbrow scientific paper. Some of the questions that are dealt with include : "Why do birds never fall off their perches when sleeping ?", "Fish don't fart, why is this ?", "Why doesn't superglue stick to the inside of the tube ?", "What time is it at the North Pole ?" and - from a nine year old boy - "Is it a coincidence that a human finger fits exactly into a human nostril ?"
An enjoyable and informative book - it's one I tend to dip into once in a while, rather than reading it from cover to cover.
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Disappointing - I expected more from the New Scientist, this was just a load of contributors guesses to other people's questions. Read morePublished 19 days ago by A. Sanders
Waste of paper having multiple answers for the same question! They should condense the book and post the best answer with a bit of the rest added in. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
I think this book is amazing !!
I bought it as a stocking filler for my daughter who is big on science and has a need to know WHY....
She loved it ! Read more
Very interesting read, great for pick up read for 5 put down situations, looking forward to the other books in the seriesPublished 12 months ago by B SALAMON