The New York Times Second Book of Science Questions and Answers

The New York Times Second Book of Science Questions and Answers

225 New, Unusual, Intriguing, and Just Plain Bizarre Inquiries Into Everyday Scientif

By C. Claiborne Ray; Victoria Roberts (Other); C. Claiborne Ray

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385722582, 240pp.

Publication Date: April 8, 2003


What would kill you if you fell into a black hole? Once people finally get to Mars, how will they get back? What makes the holes in Swiss cheese? Are there any carnivorous plants that are harmful to humans? Are there really caterpillars that scream to protect themselves? How do birds have sexual intercourse? Why don’t woodpeckers damage their brains? What is the function of ear wax? Why don’t you sneeze when you’re asleep? Do germs have germs? What is considered evidence for extra-terrestial intelligence?

Every week, C. Claiborne Ray answers questions like these from the readers of the New York Times Science section who, as this delightful second volume demonstrates, never seem to run out of things to ask about. Here, Ray gives us 225 of the most interesting answers she has gleaned from scientists in every discipline, satisfying our desire to understand some of the strangest, most curious mysteries of the natural world. Victoria Roberts’s charmingly wacky drawings add to the fun.

About the Author

Victoria Roberts's cartoons appear regularly in The New Yorker an d The Harvard Business Review, among other publications. She has illustrated more than a dozen books, including You Just Glow!, The Tuna Fish Gourmet, Tell Me Another One, and Women Who Run with the Poodles. She lives in New York City.

C. Claiborne Ray has been an editor for "The New York Times "for twenty-five years, and has been the writer of "The New York Times" Science Q&A column since 1988. A resident of a historic Brooklyn neighborhood, she is a cat lover and a major-league jazz fan.