What's the storage capacity of the human brain in gigabytes? What's the farthest point on land from the sea? Why is frozen milk yellow? And why do flamingos stand on one leg?
Well, why not? Is it because elephants are too large or heavy (after all, they say hippos and rhinos can play hopscotch)? Or is it because their knees face the wrong way? Or do they just wait until no one's looking? Read this brilliant new compilation to find out.This is popular science at its most absorbing and enjoyable. That is why the previous titles in theNew Scientistseries have been international bestsellers and sold over two million copies between them. LikeDoes Anything Eat Wasps?(2005),Why Don't Penguins'Feet Freeze?(2006) andDo Polar Bears Get Lonely?(2008), this is another wonderful collection of wise, witty and often surprising answers to a staggering range of science questions, from'why is frozen milk yellow?'to'what's the storage capacity of the human brain in gigabytes?'.
New Scientist is the best selling and fastest growing science magazine in the world. Why Can't Elephants Jump? is again compiled and edited by Mick O'Hare, production editor of New Scientist, who is frequently interviewed on TV and radio.