Are There Rainbows on the Moon?: Over 200 Weird & Wonderful Science Questions Answered

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More than 200 fascinating science puzzles perfect for astounding friends, impressing party guests, and annoying relatives

A book for the curious, this engaging read takes a slightly different look at puzzle questions?every one is based exclusively on real world science. Using scientific principles, it teaches how the moon causes tides, how one can walk on a tightrope, why a golf ball has dimples, whether you can cool a whole room by leaving the refrigerator door open, and ...

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Overview

More than 200 fascinating science puzzles perfect for astounding friends, impressing party guests, and annoying relatives

A book for the curious, this engaging read takes a slightly different look at puzzle questions—every one is based exclusively on real world science. Using scientific principles, it teaches how the moon causes tides, how one can walk on a tightrope, why a golf ball has dimples, whether you can cool a whole room by leaving the refrigerator door open, and what makes glue stick. The answers to these and many more puzzles, queries, and curios are found inside the pages of this volume of educational fun.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This delightful book of little-known facts and hypotheticals is organized like an informative practice quiz, proposing questions about everyday science before offering succinct explanations. Some are great parlor tricks, like how to get an unpeeled egg to fit in a bottle; others answer eternal questions such as "Why is the sky blue?" Brecher and Gerrard avoid talking down to the reader, giving clear explanations for each puzzle infused with their wry sense of humor. The thought-provoking experiments and concise explanations (provided at the end of each section) encourage the reader to seek proofs for themselves. And to encourage speculation, they give a section on "tongue-in-cheek physics" in which they look at some of the unreachable goals of science: time travel, perpetual motion, the perfect secret code. From silly to serious, Brecher and Gerrard deliver a wide range of scientific situations from daily life. Some topics are perfect for elementary schoolrooms, while the complexity of other problems will have educated adults reaching for pad and paper; this book has something for everyone. (June)
From the Publisher

"Brain-melting in all the right ways."  —San Francisco Book Review

"Delightful book of little-known facts and hypotheticals. . . has something for everyone." —PublishersWeekly.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780971070
  • Publisher: Carlton Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Erwin Brecher has written 22 books, including How Do You Walk on Fire?, Lateral Thinking Posers, and Lateral Thinking Puzzles. He is a member of Mensa. Mike Gerrard is an award-winning travel author who has written Colors of Paris, Greece, and Top 10 Paris, among others. They previously collaborated on How Do You Get an Egg Into a Bottle? 
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