Curious Folks Ask: 162 Real Answers on Amazing Inventions, Fascinating Products, and Medical Mysteries (FT Press Science) Kindle Edition
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Here's a sampling of the questions:
Is a lightsaber (yes, the Star Wars sword) possible?
Why does my radio crackle with static or some other interference?
Since contact lenses move with your eyes as they move, how are bifocal contact lenses possible?
Why is it so difficult to make a hearing aid that works?
Why do certain electrical cords (those used by fans, in particular) curl over time? Certain others do not.
Why is the adhesiveness of white glues, such as Elmer's, stronger than that of glue sticks?
How come I can use cold water in my washing machine but I have to use hot water in my dishwasher?
Seethaler is a Science Writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune. She holds a B.S. in Biochemistry (University of Toronto), a M.S. in Biology (Yale) and the Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education (Univ. of California-Berkeley), thus, readers can be confident that her answers are based upon good data and reliable information sources.
Highly recommended for school, public and college library collections and consideration for gifts to bright, curious and inquisitive individuals of all ages.
R. Neil Scott
Middle Tennessee State University
This book covers the following topics:
Chapter 1 - Ingenious inventions
Chapter 2 - Chemical concoctions
Chapter 3 - Body parts
Chapter 4 - Bodily functions
Chapter 5 - Pesky pathogens
Chapter 6 - Assorted ailments
Chapter 7 - Uniquely human
Chapter 8 - Health nuts
Chapters 1 & 2 discuss inventions and scientific explanations of how things work. Chapters 3 through 8 are all about the human body including diseases, evolution, and nutrition. I personally would have preferred much more of the first two chapters about inventions, mechanics, and physics and much less of the later chapters on health and diseases. In the first chapter Seethaler attempts to answer the question of whether a light saber is possible, and she briefly summarizes that topic as written by Michio Kaku in "Physics of the Impossible", a book which I have read and enjoyed. If you are interested in futuristic technology from a physics perspective, I recommend you read that book instead.
"Curious Folks Ask" seems to be very well-researched, but unfortunately Sherry Seethaler provides us with very few of her sources. The book has no footnotes, endnotes, or bibliography. Occasionally she will mention a specific book. Sometimes she provides the reader with a link to a website such as NASA's page with the current count of known exoplanets or the World Health Organization's page about a certain medical condition.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some stuff I already knew. Others were new. Lots of interesting stuff.
I recommend it to curious folk looking for something to read. Read more
Reminds me of things I learned but have forgotten over time. Good refresher. Also tea I learned that in high school.Published 8 months ago by M
Useful tidbits of information about all sorts of things. This is a good resource for both the public speaker and the curious.Published 9 months ago by Edward J. Vasicek
An interesting little book covering all manner of questions from science to economics to ... well, some of them are unclassifiable. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ray Anselmo
This was an interesting book. It was more like a FAQ manual. It made for good reading and was entertaining. This may prove quite useful to the trivia pursuit crowd.Published 23 months ago by Jude-Farley Pierre
Interesting collection of short explanations on a wide range of subjects. Fun reading when you want to kill a few minutes.Published on July 26, 2014 by Kevin Curtis
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