The Science of Why

The Science of Why

Answers to Questions About the World Around Us

Book - 2016 | Simon & Schuster Canada edition.
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Ever wonder why onions make you cry? Or why lizards do pushups? Or why leaves change color in the fall?

Don't worry, you're not alone. Acclaimed science writer and broadcaster Jay Ingram wonders the same things. After a long career of asking important questions ( Does time speed up as we age? How much Neanderthal is in me? Why do some animals throw their feces? ), he's here to put our scientific quandaries to rest. In this insightful, witty book for curious readers of all ages, Jay shares his favorite head-scratchers and mind-benders, settling pressing questions, such as...

-What is déjà vu?
-Why were Tyrannosaurus Rex's arms so short?
-Why are you plagued by mosquitoes while your friends aren't?
-Does your cat actually like you?*
-What is déjà vu?

...along with everything you ever wondered about human echolocation, Bigfoot and farts (though not all at once).

Whimsically illustrated and chock-full of fun science facts (and fictions), this book will delight and surprise your inner science geek.

*SPOILER: She actually thinks you're a larger, dumber version of her mother.
Publisher: Toronto : Simon & Schuster Canada, 2016.
Edition: Simon & Schuster Canada edition.
ISBN: 9781501144295
Branch Call Number: 500 Ing
Characteristics: 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jun 17, 2019

Jay Ingram has a relaxed, quirky, and fun approach to writing about popular science. This is a great book of answers to life's imponderables. First in a series of three.

ehbooklover Feb 20, 2017

3.5 stars. When I saw this title it seemed like an adult version of the books that I loved reading as a child so I decided to give it a try. It was a full of interesting (and sometimes silly) questions. I liked the cute drawings and the "Did you know?" trivia spread throughout the text which kept me from feeling like I was reading a science textbook. If you're looking to learn something new, pick this one up!

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