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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908739347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908739346
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

David Bradley has contributed to and edited several books, including The Bedside Book of Science. He has also written for New Scientist, the Telegraph, and the Guardian.

Customer Reviews

I felt like I was cheated out of my money.
Den
Too bad, because the topics he chose were enticing enough to purchase the book.
brian
Fascinating, insightful witty; a wonderful, informative read.
Suly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Den on May 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It would've been an interesting idea to have a book like this, but there were so many things wrong with this book I just couldn't get myself to find anything worthwhile about it.

A lot of the questions are so bland:
"Does chlorine sting your eyes?"
"Are bad habits the same as addiction?"
"Are some forms of fire-retardant asbestos safe?"
"Don't apple macs get viruses?"

For other questions the answer is so obvious:
"Do mixing higher and lower case letters with numbers make a good password?"
"Can you travel into another dimension through a black hole?"
"Does your brain shut down when you sleep?"
"Will your mobile phone fry your brain?"
"Will slapping someone destroy 10,000 brain cells?"

Sheesh.

Half of the space given to the 'answer' is just filler explaining the question, even on the most basic ones, such as "Will licking the bowl give you worms?" Here are the first two sentences from the answer to that question, if you're curious (p.20):

"Cake-makers are often inefficient in scooping out all of the sticky mixture of flour sugar, and eggs from the bowl. This gives anyone hanging around the kitchen the chance to dip their finger into the bowl for a sweet and gloopy taster before the washing-up gets done."

Real page-turner, right? He doesn't get to the answer until halfway through. By the way, his source for the answer to that question is themangotimes.com, which, according its own description, is the "Personal website and blog for Andy Fletcher. Dentist, Homeschool Dad, Jimmy Buffett, Mango". I'm not kidding.

Other sources he uses include:
Wikipedia
WebMD
Psychologytoday
Snopes
coffeetea.about.com
blog.sciencegeekgirl.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By brian on February 18, 2013
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I wish I knew the author would have used something other than snopes.com or Wikipedia as his main source of information. For a book with such a topic, I was expecting an interesting read rather than a book based on popular advice. Too bad, because the topics he chose were enticing enough to purchase the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iain on January 31, 2013
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Entertaining, funny & interesting. David combines well informed science writing with wit, reality and a good dose of skepticism.

Well worth the read
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By N. McGuire on November 21, 2013
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This book is best enjoyed a little bit at a time, like a chocolate sampler. David Bradley provides clear, basic explanations of what's really going on with all those old wives' tales, "common sense" explanations that don't fit the facts, and other bits of common knowledge that aren't quite true.
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By Suly on October 31, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Fascinating, insightful witty; a wonderful, informative read.
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More About the Author

David Bradley has worked in science communication for almost 25 years. He has written for 'New Scientist', the 'Telegraph', the 'Guardian' and many other publications, as well as contributing to and editing books including 'The Bedside Book of Chemistry'. He has won awards for his writing and blogging, including 'Daily Telegraph' Young Science Writer of the Year. He blogs at www.sciencebase.com and tweets as @sciencebase to more than 20,000 followers. He lives in Cambridge, England, with his wife and children.

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