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Why Can't Elephants Jump? and 113 more…

Why Can't Elephants Jump? and 113 more science questions answered (2010)

by New Scientist, Mick O'Hare (Editor)

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"What's the storage capacity of the human brain in gigabytes? Why is frozen milk yellow? Why do flamingos stand on one leg? And why can't elephants jump? Is it because elephants are too large or heavy (after all, they say hippos and rhinos can play hopscotch)? Or is it because their knees face the wrong way? Or do they just wait until no one's looking? Read this brilliant new compilation to find out. This is popular science at its most absorbing and enjoyable. The previous titles in the New Scientist series have been international bestsellers and sold over two million copies between them. Here is another wonderful collection of wise, witty, and often surprising answers to a staggering range of science questions."--Publisher's description.… (more)



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Another great collection of New Scientist columns with readers asking questions and other readers answering them. Lots of interesting trivia; two different answers given for why we westerners tend to eat a sweet course at the end of the meal (not totally sure I believe either of them); the title question is answered somewhere in the middle; at the very end, a question about how Big Ben is kept on time is answered by someone who had actually had the job of keeping it on time. Entertaining stuff. ( )
  nwhyte | Jan 22, 2012 |
Why Can't Elephants Jump? and 113 more science questions answered is one of Mick O'Hare's compilations of questions and answers from the New Scientist 'Last Word' column. It falls naturally into sections of about two pages, each a question and its answers, so it is a convenient book to have available to read in odd free moments. Indeed, the best way to read it is a bit at a time, as too much at once would be rather overwhelming.

I found most of the questions interesting and the answers are mostly well founded. In many cases, people active in relevant research fields or otherwise well qualified contribute: for example, one response to the jumping elephant question is from R. McNeill Alexander, a leading expert in biomechanics.
2 vote jimroberts | May 3, 2011 |
This is another fun book from New Scientist's Last Word column and I enjoyed it. A good read, and I actually learnt some stuff (some of it possibly true) along the way.

http://www.stillhq.com/book/New_Scientist/Why_Cant_Elephants_Jump.html ( )
  mikal | Dec 1, 2010 |
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