Author: Joel Levy
Publisher: Zest Books
ISBN: 978-0-9827322-9-8

The search for ultimate explanations can steer us in exciting and unexpected directions, and you will see that some of the least promising questions turn out to have the most interesting answers,” Joel Levy writes in the introduction of his book, Why? Answers to Everyday Scientific Questions.

With one hundred and ninety-two pages, this small paperback book is targeted toward readers with a scientific mind looking for simple, quick answers about geography, geology, biology, chemistry, meteorology, and astronomy to name a few. With no profanity or adult content, the book would be geared for any age group that understands science.

After a short introduction, it is separated into three sections: nature and the earth, the human body and mind, and physics and space, ending with an appendix. Each section contains several topical questions of why, sometimes with bullet points, highlighted boxes, diagrams, or examples of explanations. The appendix includes selected references, bibliography, and an index.

With seventeen to nineteen “why” questions under each section, two to five pages are dedicated to each topic. After asking the question in the header, there is a short one sentence answer, followed by several paragraphs explaining the answer along with additional helpful, related information. Sometimes sophomoric charts, drawings, and illustrations are included.

Questions range from why water freezes, dinosaurs died, blood is red, and some men go bald to why apples fall down, ice floats, and there is no life on Mars.

Answers to these sometimes challenging questions range from common sense such as the sun shines because it is constantly exploding or we cannot breathe under water because our lungs cannot extract enough oxygen or objects float because they weigh less than the liquid that occupies the same amount of space.

However, more intriguing is why we think there is a dark side of the moon when technically it is illuminated by the sun half the time or that we cannot travel faster than light because the faster things travel, the heavier they become.

A promoter of the Big Bang and evolution, several of the answers are based on speculative theory, not mentioning a Supreme Being or creation.

Next time you wonder why the sea is salty and blue, the ground is solid, we get old, or time only moves forward, this book is a quick study to brush up on your science and look smart and well-educated to others.

This book was furnished by Zest Books in lieu of an unbiased review.

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