Curious Folks Ask: 162 Real Answers on Amazing Inventions, Fascinating Products, and Medical Mysteries (FT Press Science)

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“Dr. Seethaler has written an excellent book for any interested student of science. She answers great questions about the world around us in this fascinating book. As a high school science teacher, I encounter many of these from my own students. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who has pondered questions starting with ‘how,’ ‘what,’ or ‘why.’”

–Ernest James Lo, Science Teacher, Woodside High School, Woodside, CA

 

Prepare to Be Fascinated!

Why does the flu change every year?

       · What makes glue sticky?

       · What causes out-of-body experiences?

       · Are all brands of gas the same?

       · Will adult stem cells work as well as embryonic stem cells?

       · Is one “horsepower” really equal to the power of one horse?

       · Why can’t you sneeze with your eyes open?

       · How much does a cremated body weigh?

 

These are just a few of the fascinating science and health questions real people have asked top science writer and San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Sherry Seethaler. Curious Folks Ask brings together 162 of her best answers–all crystal-clear, accurate, quick, and a pleasure to read. Seethaler is one of this generation’s best science explainers, and it shows: Every answer is accurate, fun to read, and distilled to a single page or less! Want to know how canned air works...or nuclear bombs? What causes goose bumps, earwax, dandruff, headaches? Whether it’s healthy to crack your knuckles, drink decaf, eat chocolate? What it costs to run all those LED lights around your house? It’s all here–and a whole lot more!

  • Your body’s oddities: knees to knuckles, itches to sneezes
    Surprising facts about how your body grows and works
  • Our ingenious inventions
    The past, present, and future of our relentless human inventiveness
  • Pesky pathogens: viruses, bacteria, and prions
    How they keep outsmarting us, and why it’s so hard to stay healthy
  • Common chemical concoctions
    The science behind the everyday products that have transformed our lives
  • Uniquely human: how we got here, how we’re unique
    New lessons from genetics, archaeology, and evolutionary biology

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Sherry Seethaler, a science writer and educator at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), works with scientists to communicate their discoveries to the public. Seethaler also writes a weekly column for the San Diego Union-Tribune, answering readers’ questions spanning nearly every imaginable science topic.

 

She holds a Ph.D. in science and mathematics education from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation examined how students reason about scientific controversy. She designed and taught the innovative course, Teaching Contemporary Scientific Controversies, and helped design UCSD’s California Teach program, which prepares science and math students to teach.

 

Seethaler is author of Lies, Damned Lies, and Science (FT Press Science, 2009).

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In the vein of David Feldman’s Imponderables books, here’s an interesting collection of questions and answers based on Seethaler’s column in the San Diego Union Tribune. The format is straightforward: first the question, then the answer. The questions are grouped into categories—ingenious inventions, body parts, pesky pathogens, health nuts, and so on—and the answers range in length from slightly more than a page to a few sentences. It’s the kind of book you read a bit at a time, and it’s just the thing for anyone who has been wondering why some people blink more than others, why California requires the use of snow tires in winter, why you don’t keep your eyes open when you sneeze, or what eyelashes are for. Not as lively or as entertaining as the Imponderables books, probably because the questions are generally a bit duller, the book is still informative and reasonably entertaining. Trivia fans will find much to amuse themselves with here. --David Pitt

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