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ISBN-13: 978-1615190874 ISBN-10: 1615190872 Edition: Rev Upd

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment; Rev Upd edition (December 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615190872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190874
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Providing exactly what the title promises, this is a treasure . . . it’s great for reading to kids of all ages. . . . [T]his is a steal at any price. Engaging, informative, and brightly written, the book will find a grateful, interested readership.”
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“A great gift for any curious minded reader—young or old.”
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From the Publisher

Curiosity stirs the soul of every human. Who has not wondered about how the human body works? Can a person drink too much water? How does gravity make things fall? Why do sunflowers always face the sun. What about a man flying with wings? How big would those wings have to be? How tall can a human grow? Why are tennis balls fuzzy? What happens to the white when snow melts? What does Einstein's famous equation really mean? Why can't we invent a time machine? Do aliens live among us? What is heavy water? Why is it quiet after a snowfall? Why do dogs drool? How risky is driving a car? Mysteries lurk in our house, our body, the outdoors, in the heavens, and the universe. Over 250 "I always wondered about that" questions and answers are in this book.

Larry Scheckel has taught high school science for over 38 years and writes a weekly science column for the local newspaper. Known as Mr. Science, Larry Scheckel has given science presentations to thousands of children and adults across the United States. He has been a "full house" presenter at conventions and science seminars. Mr. Science has thrilled audiences for over 35 years with amazing science demonstrations to audiences from kindergarten to adults. Browse the contents of this book and enjoy an entertaining and thoughtful look at how our world works. Discover the secrets of life's most baffling mysteries. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to anyone who has a curiosity about science!
Amazon Reader
As a side note, I bought the Kindle copy and there weren't any goofy typos or formatting issues with this book - it was great!
sockfinder
This book is really very good, easy to read and explains a lot of questions we have everyday.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By sockfinder on January 3, 2012
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This book is great for anyone - people with a science background, teachers, those with layman knowledge of science topics, and anyone who is just curious about "stuff." The topics range from everyday/common to more in-depth science questions. You can take what you want from the explanations... if you want a very basic explanation, it is there. However my favorite part about this book is that the author offers more scientific details. I'm a biologist, and I truly appreciated the more scientific details of items relating to life sciences and chemistry. Some of the physical science questions got into some details that would require some more research for me to truly understand, but that's great! If one of the topics really interested me, I would have the basics from which to stem my further research. For topics that I didn't care too much about, I got my basic answer and moved on to questions that really struck my attention.

If you are a teacher, there are items from any of the science disciplines that can tie into specific lessons/topics. Sometimes giving a simple explanation is the most difficult part of explaining concepts to kids. For others, maybe the specifics are tougher. This book has both, and it can be adapted to many age groups. It is certainly scientific enough for supplementing high school and college lessons. I couldn't put the book down. As a side note, I bought the Kindle copy and there weren't any goofy typos or formatting issues with this book - it was great!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul Jensen on February 5, 2012
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Larry Scheckel was my high school science teacher. I can easily say he was one of my best teachers ever. If every teacher taught with the passion Scheckel did, our country would be in much better shape. It has been over 30 years since I sat in Scheckel's classroom (OMG!), but after reading this book I can tell he still has that zeal. And he hasn't lost his sense of humor. I'm not sure if that is a good thing...

Scheckel covers a wide range of subjects, from the human body, earth sciences, space, technology, physical sciences plus several other topics. This book is not a heavy read. It is not a textbook. Scheckel uses a pleasant conversational style and presents information in tidbits that makes this book easy to read. It is written to help both students and adults understand the world around them. Just as he did in the classroom, Scheckel makes learning fun in this book.

He has written a column in his local newspaper for many years. This book is a compilation taken from those columns. As such, there are a number of references to places in Wisconsin, but even if you've never been to the land of cheese and never heard of Tomah, Wisconsin, I still think you'll like this book. Highly recommend!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By 2012AV8TR on November 2, 2011
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This a super gift idea for kids who have an interest in the sciences. I would have loved to have a book like this growing up, it is filled with relevant questions and answers on subjects that kids want to know about. The book is nicely organized, and subjects are easily found with the table of contents and index. Thank you Mr. Science (Larry) for putting together a great book reflecting the years of hard work you put forth as a teacher.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Reader on October 4, 2011
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This Book is a great read for a small very reasonable price! The author is obviously a very educated man who knows his stuff. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a curiosity about science!
Great Book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aviation Nut on December 19, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's well written and covers an amazing array of interesting topics. The author demonstrates a passion for science and science education and artfully brings his 30+ years as a successful, professional educator to bear on the material. Thanks Mr. Scheckel!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fraiser on April 14, 2013
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Left out on my desk at school and kids discovered it......they like the information and easy reading
just a nice resource for any teacher general info
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Badgervern on December 13, 2011
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This book by Mister Science is perfect for anybody who has even the smallest bit of curiousity about absolutely anything. I was a little bit nervous at first, as I have read other science books that were more like the old boring textbooks we had back in the day. However, Mr. Scheckel has written and organized this book in a way to make every topic covered fun and interesting. (And I think that just about every topic in the world is actually covered in this book.) Subjects are easily explained and your knowledge is guaranteed to expand thanks to Mr. Science. Throw in a little small town hijinx and humor and you have a truly enjoyable read. The only question I would have for this Science Teacher is "When is Volume 2 going to be available?"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward Durney VINE VOICE on August 14, 2014
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Larry Scheckel retired after 38 years as a high-school physics teacher in Tomah, Wisconsin (population 8,000). He wrote, beginning in 1993, weekly newspaper columns that this book collects. He wrote over 550 columns, and collected the best 250 for this book.

Questions came from thousands of students mostly, but also adults. Answers came from a variety of resources, including help from his three brothers and five sisters. The older columns appear to be updated where needed for this book (albeit sometimes a bit clumsily), so the information still seems accurate and timely.

The breadth of knowledge covered in the book makes it worth reading. The first and longest section covers the human body (like "What is human hair made of?"), and the 11th and last section covers the fringes of science (like "Is telepathy real?"). Read too much in one sitting, and you'll likely get bored. Better, I found, to skim and bounce around the various questions and answers, rather than try to read it all through. Some questions and answers I never did get to. Maybe later I'll make sure to read them all.

Some answers are better than others. "Why do our eyes go bad?", for example, didn't say anything about whether bad eyesight is due to genetics or environment. (People used to think genetics had the most to do with it, but now many think that reading and other close work has had a big influence.) Others seem wrong, like the explanation for why the French drive on the right side of the road. I did catch a few outright errors. (Hans Christian Oersted conducted his famous lecture in 1820, not 1920.)

All in all, though, I really liked this book. Apparently, it was first self-published in 2011 with no illustrations and less text. It now has several good illustrations, and seems well organized and presented. Even some humor, too, if you like your humor rather dry. But read it for the science, not the humor. I learned a lot, and enjoyed doing it.
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More About the Author

Larry Scheckel grew up on a family farm in the hill country of southwestern Wisconsin, one of nine children. He attended eight years of a one room country school, four years of high school, off to the military for a spell, trained in electronics as a TV broadcast engineer, married, college, and started a teaching career. That career stretched over thirty eight years teaching physics and aerospace science to over four thousand high school students at Tomah, Wisconsin.
Larry Scheckel has been named Tomah Teacher of the Year three times, and Presidential Awardee at the state level for six years. He is the recipient of the Tandy Award, Kohl Award, Wisconsin Physics Teacher Award, Health Physics Society Award, Ron Gibbs Award, and Excellence in Science Teaching Award.
Larry Scheckel has authored articles for The Science Teacher magazine and The Physics Teacher magazine. He has been a Science Olympiad coach, robotics mentor, organized field trip and star gazing sessions, and gave orientation flights to students.
Larry has shared his expertise with teachers at National Science Teacher Association conventions, Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers, and summer workshops. He has given presentations to thousands of adults and students in such venues as Children's Museums, Boys and Girls Clubs, Rotary, and conventions.
Larry likes to bicycle in the Driftless area of south central Wisconsin, jog on the back roads, fly a Cessna 150 over the verdant countryside, work crossword puzzles, read newspapers, historical books, and trade magazines, and fly radio controlled planes.

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