Why Is Uranus Upside Down? by Fred Watson (Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99):
We all have questions, and for some of them there are answers. Have you ever wondered just what dark matter really is? How about why galaxies collide?
Or why the Moon is gradually drifting away from the Earth? Perhaps it doesn’t like our brand of deodorant.
The late, great Douglas Adams once said (amongst other things): “Space is really, really big.” Astronomer and all-round space guru Fred Watson knows this but is still prepared to answer the many questions that have been asked by listeners of his radio shows.
The result is this book.
So, if you’ve always wondered if the Earth wobbles, why it is that planets are round (because it’s not hip to be square), where to find the nearest black hole (where, I suspect, all the odd socks live) and more, then this is the book for you.
It’s heaps of fun but educational too. What more could you want?