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 fourteen books, including many bestsellers. Mosquitoes love him. 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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傑.應格朗(Jay Ingram)
 10歲到100歲都能享受閱讀的科學床頭書!


貓咪真的愛你?狗狗真的知錯?暴龍的前腳為何這麼短?……

世界是不是真的很小?一張紙最多可以對摺幾次?……

牛頓真被蘋果砸過頭?伽利略有從比薩斜塔上丟球?……

關於生活中的為什麼,應博士給你最有哏的科學解答!


獲獎無數的科學作家暨Discovery節目主持人應格朗博士,是加拿大相當知名的科普知識推廣人。應博士在漫長的科學推廣生涯中探索過無數重要提問,現在,他將在《為什麼的科學》中輕鬆探索各種習以為常或眾說紛紜的現象背後有趣的科學原理。其中主題橫跨:


人體為什麼有人見血就暈?話到嘴邊卻說不出來是為何?

動物王國為什麼蚊子特別愛我?蜥蜴幹嘛要做伏地挺身?

超自然現象夢有顏色嗎?你真能感應到背後有人正在看你?

自然界你也可以像蝙蝠一樣靠回聲定位?為什麼年紀越大,時間過越快?


除了幽默易懂的文字解釋,書中更搭配活潑手繪插圖,並輔以科學歷史、趣味事實、流言澄清、實驗建議,分享應博士最喜愛的日常生活科學大哉問。翻開《為什麼的科學》,保證你腦洞大開,還能充分滿足你的好奇心!


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本書介紹許多生活科學冷知識,以實驗結果或歷史研究的方式分享給讀者,如同一篇篇生動有趣的科學故事,閱讀起來輕鬆有趣。回顧教學經驗,常遇到孩子提出無厘頭的科學疑問,翻翻《為什麼的科學》,答案可能就在其中!

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曾幾何時,那埋藏在年少時對大自然和生活周遭的好奇心被此書一一引動。本書最特別的地方在於探索角度由生活出發,又能深入淺出以故事的方式說明前人探討的過程,而非深奧的學理探究,角度多元奇特,不僅引人入勝又十分有趣。畢竟誰能想到物理中的「音障」,竟能從動物甩動尾巴的速度去探討如何突破呢?樂見本書廣為推廣,帶動一股清新的科學觀點。

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書中彙集了包羅萬象的有趣問題,同時提供精簡淺顯易懂的科學解答,手繪插圖風格活潑饒富趣味。拿起這本書馬上激起心中的好奇,沒看完前捨不得放下。

——國立臺灣大學農業化學系教授 顏瑞泓




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