Question Everything: 132 science questions – and their unexpected answers (New Scientist) Paperback – 6 Nov 2014
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The dazzling new collection of scientific questions and answers from New Scientist magazine
About the Author
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
So, overall, definitely still an interesting book to dip into and makes a great gift (the timing of the publication before Christmas is hardly coincidental) - but it wasn't one of my favourites in the series.
If you are always questioning things, this is the book for you.. Question everything covers a broad range of fields from alcohol, evolution, transport, evolution, meteorology, space and health. Reading this book will have the effect of making you more curious (well, I did with me).
Every book I've read by new scientist has been interesting and thought provoking.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews