Curious Folks Ask 2 188 Real Answers on Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond by Sherry Seethaler


Curious Folks Ask 2 188 Real Answers on Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond by Sherry Seethaler

Why do lizards do pushups? What will happen if the Earth's magnetic field reverses? How does water get from the roots to the tops of trees? Why and how do stars die? Is there really such a thing as the green flash? In Curious Folks Ask 2: 188 Answers about Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond, gifted science explainer Sherry Seethaler presents 188 of the most fascinating new questions real people have asked about science-together with answers that are clear, accurate, honest, and a pleasure to read. Like her previous book, Curious Folks Ask, the Q&As in this book are collected from Seethaler's popular weekly column in the San Diego Union-Tribune. From the Earth's strangest lifeforms to the deepest reaches of the universe. Seethaler introduces exciting areas of research, cuts through myths, offers real insight into what science has learned-and reveals the continuing mysteries scientists are still working to understand. Written in Seethaler's trademark style, Curious Folks Ask 2: 188 Answers about Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond presents sophisticated science in a lighthearted, amusing way. Seethaler's answers will help rekindle the wonder of science in readers of all ages and backgrounds-and help them intelligently interpret the latest news about science and medicine for years to come.

About the Author

Sherry Seethaler, a science writer and educator at the University of California, San Diego, works with scientists to communicate their discoveries to the public. Seethaler also writes a weekly column for the San Diego Union-Tribune, answering readers' questions spanning nearly every imaginable science topic. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and chemistry from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science and a Master of Philosophy from Yale University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in science and mathematics education from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation examined how students are taught to make sense of scientific controversy. Seethaler designed and taught the innovative university course Teaching Contemporary Scientific Controversies and helped design UCSD's California Teach program, which prepares science and math students to teach. She is author of Curious Folks Ask and Lies, Damned Lies, and Science, both from FT Press Science.

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240 pages


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Publication date

25th January 2011



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