The book contains the director of Seoul Science Center Yi Jeongmo's 62 essays on science and how it is connected to everyday life.
- Book Intro
Science can make your life pretty convenient.
Science exists in your daily lives!
Lee Jeongmo, the director of Seoul Science Center, saw something strange when he visited his mother's house. Her bed was at a diagonal angle.
"Mom, why did you put your bed like this?"
"Well, I found out that a vein of water was running right under this room, so I adjusted the position of my bed to avoid it."
"This house is twelve stories high. You don't need to worry about that. How did you find that out, anyway?"
Lee's mother learned about water witching from a culture class at the community service center, bought a fairly expensive water witching stick, and found a vein of water. He persuaded her to place the bed in the right direction, but she refused.
"Stop being stupid! You scientists don't know anything. Just leave it!" (p. 134)
Science solves the secrets of the world with avaricious curiosity and sincerity, but its achievements are hardly delivered to the public. There are still many people who believe that antibiotics are good for curing colds, microwaves create carcinogens, GMOs are harmful to the human body, and global warming is fake. Superstitions without scientific basis and unscientific frauds that provide false information about veins of water, germanium health bracelets, biorhythms, creative science, the power of the pyramids, and perpetual motion machines are rampant.
It's Difficult for Me to Understand Science, Too is a science book for beginners that narrows the gap between daily life and science. Lee tells readers that science is very useful for finding information on one's own, developing critical thinking skills, and solving practical problems. Those who have not dared to learn science, thinking that it will be too difficult for them, will be able to satisfy their curiosity with this book. By the time the last page is turned, readers will be able to feel that science is part of their daily lives and feel assured by the fact that it is always with them.
- About the Author
Lee majored in biochemistry and received his master’s degree at Yonsei University. He researched the communication of insects and plants at the University of Bonn in Germany and was also a professor at Anyang University. Before becoming the president of the Gwacheon National Science Center, he was the president of the Seodaemun Museum of Natural History and the Seoul Science Center. His works include The moon and power, Symbiosis, extinction & evolution, I also find science difficult, A trip to Madagascar with a scientist, etc.