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ISBN-13 9780133013962ISBN-10 0133013960
ISBN-10 0137057385ISBN-13 9780137057382
Author(s): Sherry Seethaler
Publisher: FT Press
Copyright year: © 2010 Pages: 224

Why do your muscles ache when you get the flu? Does the brand of gasoline you choose really matter? Will adult stem cells work as well as embryonic stem cells? What causes out-of-body experiences? Is the Star Wars light saber possible? Are there beneficial viruses, just as there are beneficial bacteria? What makes your voice age? Is one "horsepower" really equal to the power of one horse? How did the ancient Romans engineer those magnificent buildings using those clumsy Roman numerals? What makes glue sticky? What causes dandruff? These are just a few of the fascinating science and health questions real people asked renowned science writer and San Diego Union Tribune columnist Sherry Seethaler. This book brings together 162 of her answers, each one page or less, magnificently clear, and a pleasure to read. Seethaler is one of this generation's most gifted explainers of science. She's accurate, and balanced, an expert at cutting through jargon and myths, and passionate about sharing what scientists have learned and what they still find mysterious. In Curious Folks Ask, she explores the products of our civilization, the oddities of our bodies, what makes us healthy and what can lay us low, how we got here, what makes us human, and a whole lot more. Even if you haven't read anything about science in decades, this book will rekindle your childhood curiosity. If you're already interested in science, you won't be able to put it down.