192 pages, no illustrations
Science is littered with gaping holes, the elephants in the room of human understanding that simply won't go away. The questions that form the basis of this book are often ignored, because they are too hard, embarrassing, costly or controversial to answer. They include Where did language come from? How did life begin? Why are there 2 sexes? They are the questions that, when asked properly, will thoroughly embarrass an egghead.
'A lovely book...you hear some pretty class stories' - Anita Anand, BBC Radio Five Live 'I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with an enquiring mind, or the desire to scrape the surface of popular wisdom to see what lies beneath. An entertaining and enlightening read, we can only wait for 10 More Questions Science Can't Answer (Yet).' - Alexis (Al) Lambourne, Materials Today '...for anyone interested in the greatest mysteries about our lives, universe(s) and selves, this is the most engaging, yet manageable book of the decade. A must buy.' Business and Finance Ireland
Introduction; What, exactly, is time?; Why do things that are moving keep moving?; What is 96 per cent of the Universe made of?; Why do we age?; Where did language come from?; Do animals know they exist?; Why do we have sex?; What is consciousness?; How did life begin?; Why is there anything here at all?
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MICHAEL HANLON is one of Britain's most successful science writers. He has been Science Editor at the Daily Mail for many years; prior to this he was at the Daily Express, the Independent and Irish News. He contributes regularly to magazines such as the Spectator and appears on TV and radio as a science pundit. He has headlined several science festivals and written three critically acclaimed popular science books before this one: The Science Of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (Macmillan, 2005), The Real Mars (Constable, 2004) and The Worlds of Galileo (Constable, 2001).