EU shipping is temporarily suspended

Why Can’t I Feel the Earth Spinning? (Why is…?)

And other vital questions about science

James Doyle


An irreverent primer that explores the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of topics ranging from physics, chemistry and biology to technology and psychology. For ages 7+

See Inside


Why Can’t I Feel the Earth Spinning? tackles twenty-two questions about the world around us so that children can build an understanding of how things work. Fresh and informal without being flippant, this is a swift introduction to science that will enable children to feel confident asking and investigating the questions that interest them most.


'Fresh and informal'
Parent Talk

'Kids will absolutely love it'
How It Works

'A really interesting book'
Parents in Touch

Read More

Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 26.4 x 19.0 cm

Extent: 96 pp

Illustrations: 90

Publication date: 27 September 2018

ISBN: 9780500651186

Contents List

What is science?: Introduction • Why are trees green?: Trees and forests • How do we know what dinosaurs looked like?: Dinosaurs and early humans • What do plants eat?: Plants and flowers • Why do I have to wash?: Skin and sweat • Are maps always right?: How we see our world • Why does my hair grow?: Hair, nails and blood • Why does medicine taste so bad?: Medicine and mould • How do surgeons know what to take out?: Surgery and anatomy • Why is bread full of bubbles?: Yeast and fermentation • Why do stars twinkle?: Stars and planets How was the earth made?: The ‘Big Bang’ and the Sun • What’s inside a black hole?: Space and the Universe • Why do sirens sound weird when they go past?: Sound and radio waves Why don’t aeroplanes fall down?: Flight and motion • How do we know the world is round?: Orbits and gravity • Why is the sea blue?: The ocean and deep-sea exploration • Where do mountains come from?: Plate tectonics and volcanoes • What makes thunder and lightning?: Weather and electricity • Could I live on Mars?: Space travel • Is ‘the cloud’ a real cloud?: Computers and robots • Why do i dream?: Sleep and the brain

About the Author

James Doyle is a teacher and author of several successful children’s books, including I Wish I Knew That and A Young Scientist’s Guide to Faulty Freaks of Nature.

List of Contributors

Claire Goble