Every year, readers send in thousands of questions to New Scientist, the world's best-selling science weekly, in the hope that the answers to them will be given in the 'Last Word' column - regularly voted the most popular section of the magazine.
Does Anything Eat Wasps? is a collection of the best that have appeared, including: Why can't we eat green potatoes? Why do airliners suddenly plummet? Does a compass work in space? Why do all the local dogs howl at emergency sirens? How can a tree grow out of a chimney stack? Why do bruises go through a range of colours? Why is the sea blue inside caves? Many seemingly simple questions are actually very complex to answer. And some that seem difficult have a very simple explanation. New Scientist's 'Last Word' celebrates all questions - the trivial, the idiosyncratic, the baffling and the strange. This selection of the best is popular science at its most entertaining and enlightening.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 155 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm
Fascinating * Daily Mail *
It's good bog reading. * Irish Independent *
Endlessly fascinating and an absolute treat. * Scotland on Sunday *
Witty, unexpected and imaginative. * Daily Express *
Fascinating things you never knew you wanted to know. * Daily Mirror *
Titillating * Observer *
The must have book for Christmas ... a world stranger than fiction. * Independent *