Why Can't Elephants Jump? : And 113 More Science Questions Answered, Paperback Book

Why Can't Elephants Jump? : And 113 More Science Questions Answered Paperback

Part of the New Scientist series

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Well, why not? 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.

That is why the previous titles in the New Scientist series have been international bestsellers and sold over two million copies between them.

Like Does Anything Eat Wasps? (2005), Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? (2006) and Do Polar Bears Get Lonely? (2008), this is another wonderful collection of wise, witty and often surprising answers to a staggering range of science questions, from 'why is frozen milk yellow?' to 'what's the storage capacity of the human brain in gigabytes?'.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
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  • Category: Popular science
  • ISBN: 9781846683985

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Unsurprising, as all these books go. As a serial reader of quite interesting facts (as well as a devoted fan of QI) I could wish there was less repetition -- both within a book when similar principles govern multiple answers to questions or several people have different but very closely related answers to a given question, and between books. <br/><br/>Still, reading enough of these -- in my experience, anyway -- you quickly learn to identify the questions that will have quite interesting answers, and skip the rest. It's all loosely organised into broad categories, too, so if there's something you're really not interested in or which you're gonna be above the level of due to your job/degree/whatever, you can skip that.

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