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What If : Mind-Boggling Science Questions for Kids - Robert Ehrlich

What If

Mind-Boggling Science Questions for Kids

Paperback Published: 20th April 1998
ISBN: 9780471176084
Number Of Pages: 192
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

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Amazing answers to quirky questions about our world. What if the Earth stopped spinning? What if we were the size of insects? What if we could see sounds? What if the moon fell down? What if aliens landed and only wanted to talk to dogs? Bizarre and fantastic questions like these are the popular terrain of Robert Ehrlich. They set the stage for his enlightening and imaginative forays into a broad range of real science topics, including weather, light, color, sound, animals, plants, and the solar system. Engaging cartoons, intriguing sidebars, and quick experiments accompany a fresh and fun writing style to make this a great addition to the children's science shelf. ROBERT EHRLICH (Fairfax, Virginia) is a physics professor at George Mason University. He is also the author of The Cosmological Milkshake, What If You Could Unscramble an Egg?, and Why Toast Lands Jelly Side Down.

"This volume, edited by Karin Riley, Peter Webley, and Matthew Thompson, tackles the often-neglected topic of uncertainty in judging the effectiveness of the natural disaster models used when informing action...While not for casual reading, this volume nonetheless provides an approachable way to learn about the realities of natural disaster modelling. In addition, it highlights the importance of uncertainty, an inseparable part of science that is very often ignored." (Phenotype June 2017)

Introduction 1

Big, Blue, Spinning Ball The Earth 3

What if you dug a hole through the Earth? 4

What if you dropped a rock down a hole through the Earth? 6

What if the Earth were square? 8

What if you lived at the North Pole? 10

What if the Earth had no magnetism? 12

What if the Earth spun very fast? 14

What if the Earth suddenly stopped spinning? 16

What if the Earth were covered by water? 18

It’s Raining Frogs Weather and Climate 21

What if the Earth were hit by a big meteorite? 22

What if a day lasted a year? 24

What if there were no seasons? 26

What if it rained cats and dogs (or fish and frogs)? 28

What if people could control the weather? 30

What if the climate got much hotter? 32

What if the sky were always cloudy? 34

What’s the Matter with Matter? Forces and Energy 36

What if things fell up, not down? 38

What if things could pass through one another? 40

What if water didn’t evaporate? 42

What if drops of water were really big? 44

What if water could flow uphill? 46

Are You Seeing Things? Light and Sound 49

What if everything were the same color? 50

What if the sky were black during the daytime? 52

What if light didn’t travel in straight lines? 54

What if light traveled very slowly? 56

What if you could see sounds? 58

What if you could see in the dark? 60

Into the Wormhole Time 63

What if all past time were squeezed into one year? 64

What if you could travel into the future? 66

What if you could travel into the past? 68

Candle Clocks and Supercomputers Inventions 71

What if cars didn’t need fuel? 72

What if electric lights hadn’t been invented? 74

What if clocks hadn’t been invented? 76

What if computers could think like people? 78

Smart Pigs and Pet Dinosaurs Plants and Animals 80

What if the dinosaurs hadn’t died out? 82

What if we brought the dinosaurs back? 84

What of all plants and animals disappeared? 86

The Amazing, Changing Me People and Animals 89

What if some animals were smarter than people? 90

What if you were size of an insect? 92

What if you were the size of a giant? 94

What if you had a dog’s sense of smell? 96

What if you could fly like a bird? 98

What if you saw the world upside down? 100

What if you had three eyes? 102

What if you looked exactly like everyone else? 104

What if you always knew what other people were thinking? 106

The Superstar and the Big Cheese The Sun and the Moon 109

What if the Sun stopped shining? 110

What if the Sun doesn’t rise tomorrow? 112

What if the Earth didn’t go around the Sun in a circle? 114

What if the Earth had two suns? 116

What if the Moon fell down? 118

What if the Moon were much closer to the Earth? 120

What if there were no Moon? 122

What if you moved to the Moon? 124

Nonstop Flight to Neptune Visiting Other Planets 126

What if you visited Mercury? 128

What if you visited Venus? 130

What if you visited Mars? 132

What if you visited Jupiter? 134

What if you visited Saturn? 136

What if you visited Uranus or Neptune? 138

What if you visited Pluto? 140

What if you visited planets in another solar system? 142

Beam Me Up The Stars and Beyond 145

What if you traveled to the nearest star? 146

What if you traveled to the center of our galaxy? 148

What if you traveled to another galaxy? 150

What if you went to the edge of the universe? 152

What if there are intelligent aliens? 154

What if tiny aliens landed on Earth? 156

What if aliens lived inside the Earth? 158

What if aliens who looked just like us landed on Earth? 160

What if aliens who wanted to talk only dogs landed on Earth? 162

Glossary 165

Index 175

ISBN: 9780471176084
ISBN-10: 0471176087
Audience: General
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
For Grades: 3 - 7
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 20th April 1998
Publisher: JOSSEY BASS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.15  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1