I just finished reading ‘Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze?’ and 114 other questions.
The book is based on the last column section of the New Scientist magazine. It is a collection of reader questions that have been answered in the main by other readers.
It is a good book to give a child for their birthday as it explores some of the sillier sides of science.
It has sections on the flowing
1, Our Bodies
2, Feeling OK
3, Plants and Animals
4, Food and Drink
5, Domestic Science
6, Our Planet, our universe
7, Weird weather (My parents loved this bit)
8, troublesome transport
9, Best of the rest
I particularly enjoyed the item form section 3 regarding the hydraulic forces in mushrooms and the amount of weight that a mushroom can support (not telling you here, that’s why we have the internet).
I also found the question in the Feeling OK section very helpful with an on going argument I have been having with my wife. I have said that getting a cold does not have much to do with not wearing slippers on a cold floor. Finally there was the proof on page 33 that I needed. So in your face wife, Ha!
But the book does entertain and educate in equal proportion, enjoy it