Curious Folks Ask: 162 Real Answers on Amazing Inventions, Fascinating Products, and Medical Mysteries

Curious Folks Ask: 162 Real Answers on Amazing Inventions, Fascinating Products, and Medical Mysteries

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by Sherry Seethaler
     
 

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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,’

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780137052837
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
12/15/2009
Series:
FT Press Science
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,073,081
File size:
370 KB

Meet the Author

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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Curious Folks Ask 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
DocMo More than 1 year ago
While some questions were somewhat obscure, the majority of info found in this book is intensely interesting. Once I started reading, I kept going back until it was finished. Overall, a good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although she can get technical at times, the writer/researcher has an amazing ability to bring it all together so it makes sense. Lots of useful links work well with the nook. Nice formatting with complete linked index. I was very impressed with this author's credentials.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book for those common question... and not so common questions that the general public normally ask. The author can be very scientific at times that may lose some readers, but many times the author will explain complex information for the general audience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun facts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just got the free sample and I am excited to read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Answers to all kinds of questions.
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Very interesting answers and fun reading!! If you like being a know-it-all like me, got to get it!!
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Great!
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