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Why Does a Ball Bounce?: 101 Questions You Never Thought of Asking
     

Why Does a Ball Bounce?: 101 Questions You Never Thought of Asking

by Adam Hart-Davis
 

Simple answers to 100 truly perplexing questions.

Curiosity spans all ages as kids, teenagers and adults have lots of questions about everyday occurrences they never think to ask.

Why does syrup spiral off the spoon? Which metals can be recycled? The answers to these and 98 other important questions about life, the universe and a whole lot more are

Overview

Simple answers to 100 truly perplexing questions.

Curiosity spans all ages as kids, teenagers and adults have lots of questions about everyday occurrences they never think to ask.

Why does syrup spiral off the spoon? Which metals can be recycled? The answers to these and 98 other important questions about life, the universe and a whole lot more are found in Why Does a Ball Bounce?

Fully illustrated with color photographs, this book explains complex ideas in easy-to-understand terms. The book's 100 questions are organized into the following topics:

  • Air: bouncing balls, bursting bubbles, fizzy drinks
  • Earth: mountain-making, lava, the age of the Earth
  • Plants: sowing wild oats, why the numbers 3, 5, 8, and 13 crop up so often in plants
  • Fire and ice: the sparkler's sparks, why skates slide, what is dew
  • Water: why water ripples, how soap works, bouncing rain
  • Food: seeing underground, why barley needs the sun
  • Weather: overflowing drains, sky color, seeing the wind
  • Electricity: why electricity sparks, hair standing on end, shrinking computers
  • Mathemagic: seeing musical notes, how knots work, swinging pendulums
  • Little critters: worm heads, how slugs breathe, patient spiders
  • Health and sickness: dilating pupils, smoking facts, vaccination safety
  • Technology: level playing fields, stone age tools, the first computer.

Why Does A Ball Bounce? is the ideal title for anyone who needs to explain these ideas to children, students... or just to themselves.

Editorial Reviews

The Science Teacher - Cary Seidman
Unique and engaging perspective... the explanations in this book are distinctive and valuable. Beautiful, high-resolution photography.
CM Magazine - Gillian Richardson
Informative, entertaining, and sometimes amusing... an interesting conversation piece and may be useful as a catalyst for research.
Science Books and Films - Warren Fish
Incredible photographs of many very simple physical and biological phenomena... a richly illustrated and very readable book dedicated to stimulating and satisfying curiosity.
Science News
Engaging... straightforward and entertaining narrative... intriguing color photographs... capture these phenomena in spectacular detail.
Halifax Chronicle Herald - Jodi Delong
My favorite science book of the year... delightfully eclectic... lively and deliciously illustrated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554071135
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
08/18/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Adam Hart-Davis is a scientist, photographer, writer and broadcaster.

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