The Things That Nobody Knows: 501 Mysteries of Life, the Universe and Everything

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A playful and diverting, yet always scientifically rigorous look at those simple mysteries that are yet to be solved

Why are so many giraffes gay? Has human evolution stopped? Where did our alphabet come from? Can robots become self-aware? Can lobsters recognize other lobsters by sight? What goes on inside a black hole? Are cell phones bad for us? Why can't we remember anything from our earliest years? Full of the mysteries of life, the universe, and everything, this is a fascinating and unputdownable exploration of the limits of human knowledge of our planet, its history and culture, and the universe beyond.

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William Hartston is a mathematician, industrial psychologist, and twice winner of the English chess championship. He runs competitions in creative thinking for the Independent and is the author of The Encyclopedia of Useless Information.

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"With humor and an inquiring mind, [Hartson] examines perennially confounding quandaries, and his investigations will surely pique the curiosity of kids and scholars alike." —Publishers Weekly

"A delightful collection for trivia buffs and browsers." —Booklist

"This book goes beyond pop culture interest to engage those truly interested in scientific taxonomies; it’s one of those rare books patrons won’t want to put down and will be talking about for hours around the water cooler. Significant YA appeal as well.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­" —Library Journal

'Why are male cats more likely to be left-pawed and female cats right-pawed? It is enormously reassuring to know that somewhere a natural philosopher is trying to find out. . . . Slyly witty. . . . and pleasingly optimistic."  —Guardian

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