Not really anything much to do with medicine (apart from the odd human body-themed question) but I’ve just read this book so I figured why not share the love?
This is a compilation of the various questions that have been submitted by New Scientist readers over the years and their answers. It’s quite an interesting read really and, in addition to the title question, informs the reader about the reasons behind all sorts of everyday phenomena (such as why black-coloured Guinness make white froth when poured, why there are different types of earwax and why the North Pole is warmer than the South Pole).
I’ve just read the thing cover-to-cover, which meant that I started skimming a bit by the end but this’d be a great book to dip into once in a while or to learn a fact to impress people – even to leave in the bathroom!
Reviewed By: Ian Anderson (31.08.2006)