From the author of the bestselling The Science of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
comes another incredible trip to an even more mysterious terrain.
Michael Hanlon identifies ten scientific questions that we simply can't
seem to answer and explains why these compelling mysteries will remain
unsolved for years to come.
How did life begin? Why are there
two sexes? Where did language originate? In Hanlon's characteristically
witty style, he ponders the ways these questions have persisted in
frustrating the best minds and asks what might be needed to get to the
bottom of it all. From politics to lack of technology, each question
has its own set of circumstances holding it back. By exploring these
unanswerable questions, Hanlon exposes some of science's greatest
failings and missteps, and charts a hopeful direction for getting
science back on the road to discovery.