Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?

Printed: 2006

Publisher: Profile Books. London

Dimensions 13 × 20 × 2 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 13 x 20 x 2

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Softback. Blue cover with white title.

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Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? is the latest compilation of readers’ answers to the questions in the ‘Last Word’ column of New Scientist, the world’s best-selling science weekly. Following the phenomenal success of Does Anything Eat Wasps? – the Christmas 2005 surprise bestseller – this new collection includes recent answers never before published in book form, and also old favourites from the column’s early days.

Yet again, many seemingly simple questions turn out to have complex answers. And some that seem difficult have a very simple explanation. New Scientist’s ‘Last Word’ is regularly voted the magazine’s most popular section as it celebrates all questions – the trivial, idiosyncratic, baffling and strange. This new selection of the best is popular science at its most entertaining and enlightening.

Review: As I say in the title, this is a quirky little book, but fun never-the-less. I like the way it is set out with several people giving replies on the topic. Despite the fact I am not a scientist, I found it easy to read and full of interest. It is the sort of book you could give to most people as a present, and could pull out at family christmas parties. There is enough interest there for anyone. I liked this book, not just because I am a penguin fan, you will have to read it to find out “why” penguins feet don’t freeze. Buy it and enjoy.

Author: New Scientist, the world’s leading science & technology weekly magazine, was launched in 1956 “for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences”.

The brand’s mission is no different today – New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour and issues that affect us all, explaining why a development is significant as well as putting social and cultural context around it.

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