Curious Folks Ask 2: Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond, Portable Documents

Curious Folks Ask 2: Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond, Portable Documents

by Sherry Seethaler
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Curious Folks Ask 2: Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond, Portable Documents by Sherry Seethaler

Why do lizards do pushups? What will happen if the Earth’s magnetic field reverses? How does water get from the roots to the tops of trees? Why and how do stars die? Is there really such a thing as the green flash? In Curious Folks Ask 2: 188 Answers about Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond, gifted science explainer Sherry Seethaler presents 188 of the most fascinating new questions real people have asked about science–together with answers that are clear, accurate, honest, and a pleasure to read.

Like her previous book, Curious Folks Ask, the Q&As in this book are collected from Seethaler’s popular weekly column in the San Diego Union-Tribune. From the Earth’s strangest lifeforms to the deepest reaches of the universe. Seethaler introduces exciting areas of research, cuts through myths, offers real insight into what science has learned–and reveals the continuing mysteries scientists are still working to understand.

Written in Seethaler’s trademark style, Curious Folks Ask 2: 188 Answers about Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond presents sophisticated science in a lighthearted, amusing way. Seethaler’s answers will help rekindle the wonder of science in readers of all ages and backgrounds–and help them intelligently interpret the latest news about science and medicine for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780132614375
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 11/22/2010
Series: FT Press Science
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 327 KB

About the Author

Sherry Seethaler, a science writer and educator at the University of California, San Diego, 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 Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and chemistry from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science and a Master of Philosophy from Yale University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in science and mathematics education from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation examined how students are taught to make sense of scientific controversy.

 

Seethaler designed and taught the innovative university course Teaching Contemporary Scientific Controversies and helped design UCSD’s California Teach program, which prepares science and math students to teach.

 

She is author of Curious Folks Ask and Lies, Damned Lies, and Science, both from FT Press Science.

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Curious Folks Ask 2 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
uncletoon More than 1 year ago
This book showcases many questions that come with great answers. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and found myself sneaking off to read sections of the book with every chance I could find. Strengths: The book kept my interest and posed questions I never thought of asking. The answers are easy to understand and concise. Weaknesses: The book is grouped into several categories. These can become a little much at times. I enjoyed all of the questions and answers, but grew bored by the end of each section. More mixing would have alleviated this. Some of the answers, while very straight forward, are a little dry. Overall: I would highly recommend this book as a time killer. Each individual question and answer takes about a minute to read, so it's great when time is short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I learned a lot of things I didn't know, and some of the subjects were fun. I liked how diversified the subject matter was. I believe the topics were well researched. I did double check a few of them and they were absolutely correct.
jay_lofstead More than 1 year ago
An easy-to-read book covering many topics in science. It is nice to see good content like this that really helps people both understand and be inspired by the world around them is available.
saradippity More than 1 year ago
This really is a great book for curious people. It also has good facts for people who live in a thrifty or environmentally friendly manner. It's about 180 pages long, so a quick read. It is, incidentally, now free. I assume the previous reviewer simply ran across an error on the website's coding which has now been corrected.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only nine but this book is awesome my mom sez(as in sais) that I've asked SOOOO0000?0? many questions that she's ready to pull her ears off.So now I dont ask as many questions as much as I used too.
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haleysname More than 1 year ago
I appreciate this book even if a lot of the questions asked, I skipped over. For the most part, it seems the answers are written simplified enough that they can be easily understood, but not so simple that you don't have to think a bit while reading.