By Brian Clegg
I'm really pleased I've been able to follow up my science quiz book How Many Moons does the Earth Have? with a second volume – What Colour is the Sun? It was just as much fun to write – and I hope equally enjoyable to read. What's more it's a great stocking filler – on Amazon at the moment it's just £5.49.
Although it's not how most will use it, there are two pub quiz style science quizzes in there, each with six standard rounds and two bonus rounds, which combine pictorial and puzzle solving work. However, it's written to make reading through it fun. Each of the 96 main questions has the question plus some supporting factoids on one page and the answer, plus a page of further reading on the next. So you can test yourself on each question – then find out more.
These aren't the kind of question you'd get in a science exam (thankfully) – they're more the quirky kind of questions you get on QI, with the bonus that science is right more often. So you'll find out, for instance:
In case you are of the US persuasion, you'll be pleased to know that you don't have to suffer that weirdly spelled cover – you've got the more familiar spelling.
To give a feel for how the book works, here's one of the 'question' pages with its factoids:
Now Appearing is the blog of science writer Brian Clegg (www.brianclegg.net), author of Inflight Science, Before the Big Bang and The God Effect.