Author with all the answers

WELL-KNOWN scientist Karl Kruszelnicki has penned yet another no-nonsense book on science and its effect on our everyday lives.

In his new book, Game of Knowns, he tells us why psychopaths make good kings, why the left side of your face is the most attractive, how a smart phone dumbs down our conversation, and why we drink beer faster when its served in a curved glass.

He also gives us the low-down on comets and shares why dark matter really matters.

Dr Kruszelnicki said he had read $10,000 worth of scientific literature to come up with the creative inspiration to write Game of Knowns and his other 33 books.

"I find all this interesting information that I think will attract the general public," Dr Kruszelnicki said.

"It's really interesting stuff that is also good to share at the local pub."

One of his stories about alcohol was discovered by gate crashing Sir Richard Branson's phone launch in India.

"One of the most amazing things about this launch was that there was no alcohol served and instead sweet ice rose tea was," he said.

"It got me thinking that alcohol is everywhere in our lives. People drink alcohol after a hard day at work, when they begin a new job, at a party or to celebrate. Yet we don't know how to deal with it.

"So I have two stories about alcohol so people know basic stuff about it."

Last year, Dr Kruszelnicki released 50 Shades of Grey Matter which plays upon the title of popular book, 50 Shades of Grey.

Game of Knowns is a take-off of the popular TV series Game of Thrones.

Dr Kruszelnicki said he decided to play upon popular titles from books and TV shows because it was easy.

"It's difficult to come up with a title," he said.

"It was easier to make a pun of titles that were already known."

Dr Kruszelnicki will visit Dymocks in Penrith on Sunday, December 22 at 10am.

■ Details: Dymocks Penrith Shop 145 Westfield Penrith, 585 High St, Penrith.

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