The Science of Why: Answers to Questions About the World Around Us

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Ever wonder why onions make you cry? Or why lizards do pushups? Or why leaves change color in the fall?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Acclaimed science writer and broadcaster Jay Ingram wonders the same things. After a long career of asking important questions (Does time speed up as we age? How much Neanderthal is in me? Why do some animals throw their feces?), he’s here to put our scientific quandaries to rest. In this insightful, witty book for curious readers of all ages, Jay shares his favorite head-scratchers and mind-benders, settling pressing questions, such as...

-What is déjà vu?
-Why were Tyrannosaurus Rex’s arms so short?
-Why are you plagued by mosquitoes while your friends aren’t?
-Does your cat actually like you?*
-What is déjà vu?

...along with everything you ever wondered about human echolocation, Bigfoot and farts (though not all at once).

Whimsically illustrated and chock-full of fun science facts (and fictions), this book will delight and surprise your inner science geek.

*SPOILER: She actually thinks you’re a larger, dumber version of her mother.
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About the author

Jay Ingram was the host of Discovery Channel Canada’s Daily Planet for sixteen years, and before that hosted CBC Radio’s national science show Quirks & Quarks. He has written fifteen books, including the runaway bestsellers The Science of Why and The Science of Why 2. He has never been attacked by a shark. Visit Jay at JayIngram.ca. Follow him on Twitter @JayIngram.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Nov 1, 2016
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781501144301
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Language
English
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Genres
Science / General
Science / History
Science / Reference
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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