This Book Requires Safety Goggles: A Collection of Bizarre Science Trivia

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Did you know that there's a cave large enough to hold the Empire State Building? That ordinary table salt is a mixture of a poisonous gas and an explosive metal? Or that most of the cells living in your body don't even belong to you? Learn the scientific reasons behind these and many more amazing facts when you read this collection of awesome science trivia!

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Overview

Did you know that there's a cave large enough to hold the Empire State Building? That ordinary table salt is a mixture of a poisonous gas and an explosive metal? Or that most of the cells living in your body don't even belong to you? Learn the scientific reasons behind these and many more amazing facts when you read this collection of awesome science trivia!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Milliner
One of four in the "Super Trivia Collection" series, this book is divided into five chapters, and includes a glossary, index, suggested Internet sites, and is chock full of illustrations. The first chapter, Extreme Earth, tells about a cave in Mexico deep enough to fit the Empire State building. It also explains how deserts are not necessarily hot; rather, a desert is defined by having ten inches or less of precipitation a year—so Antarctica is actually a desert! Chapter Two, Crazy Chemistry, tells us that when an exploding metal (sodium) and a poisonous gas (chlorine) meet, the result is something we eat every day: salt. Chapter Three, Fantastic Physics, explains the origin, and creator, of the microwave oven, and also relates how a small town in Vermont uses cow manure to fuel 400 homes. The next chapter, Bizarre Biology, informs us that everyone's tongue print is unique... and that a sneeze can travel 100 miles per hour. The final chapter, Out of This World, states that Earth gains between 37,000 and 78,000 tons a year. This book is equal parts fun and fascinating, with words such as "repel" and "regenerate" defined both in the text itself, as well as in the glossary. The approach is very reader-friendly; the enthusiasm practically bounces off the page. The illustrations, mostly color photographs with a few drawings, are interesting and eye-catching. This would be a terrific addition to a science classroom or library. Reviewer: Naomi Milliner
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429676540
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Super Trivia Collection
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,433,914
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: IG800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

A former high school teacher with a background in biochemistry and more than 10 years of experience in cytogenetic laboratories, Kristi Lew specializes in taking complex scientific information and making it fun and interesting for scientists and non-scientists alike. She is the author of more than 20 science books for children and teachers.
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