AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World's Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, and Unexplained Phenomena - Mitchell Moffit, Greg Brown

Are you wondering about weird scientific questions? Or are you a fan of the Youtube channel? This might just be the book for you.


Most questions in the book are actually more or less biomedical questions, like the chemistry of love or what causes brain freeze. As a biomedical scientist, there was little new for me. By and large I think most explanations are okay, though of course sometimes oversimplified. This makes the book - I think - understandable for most people.


It was not as funny, witty or interesting as I expected, but I think this might be due to the fact that this actually is my field and I'm supposed to know a thing or two about it. It's still I think I nice book for people who want to know the answer to scientific questions in a fun way.


One example of what I thought was a somewhat weird choice of expression is concerning the never ending discussion what hurts more: giving birth to a child or getting kicked in the balls. It's said that a kick in the balls is so painful because, while certain organs do not have pain receptors, like the liver (though your liver can hurt, when it swells it does trigger the pain receptors in the surrounding membrane), testicles have a large number of pain receptors. Okay, seems fair. They then move on to state that this is due to the fact that it's an important organ. And I'm like (almost screaming at the book at this point); 'As opposed to the LIVER?!' Though I don't want to play down the role of reproduction in human life, I'd still say a liver is the more important organ here (I might be biased as a female, but I'd choose a liver out of the two). Look at it this way: without a liver, you'll be dead real quick. Without testicles, it's a problem for the next generation...


Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!