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Why Don’t Spiders Stick to Their Webs?

And 317 Other Everyday Mysteries of Science

Robert Matthews

What happens if you fall into a black hole? Which properties give you the best chance of winning Monopoly? And why is it always so difficult to get ketchup to come out of a full bottle? Award-winning science writer Robert Matthews provides answers to the most baffling, intriguing, and occasionally downright trivial questions submitted by members of the general public. From the mysterious fate of odd socks to the farthest reaches of the universe, this collection unravels the science that surrounds us. Entertaining, enlightening, and often inspired, this book is a must-read for all inquisitive minds.

  • Publication date: October 1, 2011
  • ISBN: 9781780740027
  • RRP: £5.99
  • Pages: 256


"A good mix of questions and answers, entertainment and education, it will make an excellent "thinkers" Christmas book."
Publishing News
"This year, the scientifically curious reader can find answers to many hundreds of conundrums, such as: Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze (Mick O’Hare, Profile, £7.99); Why Don’t Spiders Stick to their Webs (Robert Matthews, Oneworld, £7.99): Why is Yawning Contagious? And Do Elephants Ever Forget? (Guy Campbell, Buster, £7.99).
Financial Times

Robert Matthews

Robert Matthews is Visiting Research Fellow at Aston University and Science Correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph. He writes regular columns for, among others, The New Scientist and Focus magazine, and has published papers on a range of subjects from cryptography to cosmology. Most famously, his research on Murphy’s Law (why toast always lands butter-side down) won him a discourse to the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

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