The Last Word: Questions and Answers from the Popular Column on Everyday Science

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Why is the sky blue? Does it really get warmer when it snows? Why doesn't superglue stick to the inside of the tube? How is it possible to uncork a bottle by hitting the bottom? Can you drive through a rainbow? Why does soap make bubblebath collapse?

The leading English language science weekly, The New Scientist, runs a popular column, "The Last Word," that invites readers to write in with inquiries about everyday scientific phenomena. Providing a selection of the most ...

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Why is the sky blue? Does it really get warmer when it snows? Why doesn't superglue stick to the inside of the tube? How is it possible to uncork a bottle by hitting the bottom? Can you drive through a rainbow? Why does soap make bubblebath collapse?

The leading English language science weekly, The New Scientist, runs a popular column, "The Last Word," that invites readers to write in with inquiries about everyday scientific phenomena. Providing a selection of the most interesting questions and answers from the column, this book covers a wide range of subjects, from plants and animals to the human body and gadgets and inventions. Fun and informative, it is fascinating reading for anyone who has ever found themselves asking these kinds of questions.

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Joe Mielke
If you are more curious than practical then you'll want to read this book. But if you think that hot air rises or that the Great Wall of China is the only non-natural object visible from space or that lemmings favor mass suicide you need this book. -- ForeWord Magazine
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  • ISBN-13: 9780192861993
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/18/1999
  • Series: Popular Science Series
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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The New Scientist is the leading English language science weekly, selling over 120,000 copies through its UK and Australian editions. It now publishes on the Internet through its website Planet Science. "The Last Word" is one of the most popular columns in the magazine, receiving about 200 letters a week.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Plants and Animals 1
Mysteries and Illusions 27
Strange Nature 53
The Physical World 79
Inside Machines 99
Household Science 123
Gadgets and Inventions 155
Bubbles, Liquids, and Ice 179
Your Body 201
Index 223
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