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"This book is totally rad!"
--Isaac Newton


"Pretty good, but somewhat lacking in its coverage of Lithium."
--Lithium, Third Element On The Periodic Table


"This book is so good, I almost don't mind that I died penniless!"
--Nikola Tesla


"For the last time, I am not the physicist Stephen Hawking. I'm Steve Hawking and I'm a business administrator in Ohio. I will not read your book."
--Stephen Hawking, Says He's Not The Physicist, But Who Knows?

"Thank you for contacting the offices of Neil Armstrong. The office cannot respond to all letters, but thank you for your interest. Please enjoy the enclosed color photograph."
--Neil Armstrong, First Man On the Moon

"Plenty of fun and games and charts and tongue-in-cheekiness, the book is snazzily packaged in keeping with today's viral needs." --The Atlantic Wire

"A few years back we wrote about a hilarious blog called Fake Science, which deals in intentional pseudo-science. Now, the creator of that blog is unleashing Fake Science 101, a 272-page textbook for the fake-fact-loving science nerd in all of us. I had a chance to read the book. It's really funny and packed with fantastically colorful and exceptionally fake pictures and diagrams." --Mental Floss

"It has been a big summer for Tumblr books and the most recent, Fake Science 101, might be the best of the lot." --Forbes.com

"Phil Edwards' raucously wrong and ticklingly funny textbook Fake Science 101 ... is filled with boatloads of falsehoods and an array of pseudo-scientific recommendations that would undoubtedly prompt a preponderance of lawsuits should they actually be taken seriously. Luckily, the book is clearly labeled as utterly, ridiculously phony." --RealClearScience.com

"Think The Daily Show meets Bill Nye and voilà! You've got Fake Science 101." --BusinessInsider

"Fake Science has long been a quality source of 'brilliantly false' scientifically-flavored information that no one in their right mind would mistake for fact." --Gawker

"To complex scientific phenomena that others approach with rigorous experiments and a steadfast belief in the reliability of the scientific method, he parachutes in with a disregard for data and a love for the absurd. In other words, unlike most of the people mentioned on this blog, Edwards isn't a real scientist. He's a fake scientist." --Smithsonian Surprising Science Blog

"Phil Edwards might not know a lot about biology, physics or chemistry, but when it comes to fake science, he's an undisputed leader." --WBEZ - Chicago

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Please ignore the rumors, scandals, and litigation surrounding the publication of this book. Do, however, check with local authorities to make sure this textbook isn't banned in your place of work, municipality, or library.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 1 edition (August 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440527016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440527012
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phil Edwards has worked as a journalist, blogger, and grocery cart pusher. He can be found at PhilEdwardsInc.com, or on Twitter @PhilEdwardsInc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brookfield Brian on August 7, 2012
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Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and two chapters about science in general make this book a really full and funny overview of science. I read each one on a day and found them surprisingly like a real textbook as we had a major overview of the different science types. Highlights are the scientific facts on the side of each page, so try not to miss them.

Who hasn't wondered why scientists don't wear pants? Now I know that it's ok...
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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful By a scientist VINE VOICE on November 4, 2012
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I got this book thinking that it might be as good as some of the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR) Ignobel prize round-ups and some of the other outstandingly funny science books that have been written.

But no such luck. Instead, it's a fake textbook, split into astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and two other random chapters. In the interests of scientific method, and in response to some of the other comments that reckoned every page was hilarious, here are excerpts taken at random from every 50 pages:

Pg 50: (Astronomy) "Our universe began about 14 billion years ago, give or take 12 billion. It's believed that the universe was packed into a hot dense particle the size of a popcorn kernel, but scientists are almost certain there wasn't any butter."

Pg 100: (Biology) "Moss is a flat plant that covers rocks and land quickly, like slime but soft. New Zealand is covered entirely in this soft, fabric-like plant, which allows its people to travel barefoot wherever they go."

Pg 150: (Chemistry) "We shall fight them on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight - okay, very funny. Did someone put helium in my microphone?" - Winston Churchill

Pg 200: (Earth Science) "The seasons feed into each other in a weather cycle. They are spring, summer, autumn, and winter, and without the variety of seasons we'd have to appreciate the one we're currently in."

Pg 250: (You're a scientist) [annotated diagram of a scientist] "Shoes are necessary to maintain dignity, but if they are unavailable, you can use some acid to give your feet some healthy calluses."

Fortunately, the book runs out of pages at 270.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Duvernois on August 19, 2012
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I bought this as a gift for my teen daughters as a gag companion to their Physical Sciences textbook. (They have gotten a real kick out of the book.) My coworkers in the physics department though are pretty impressed with the book as well, and I suspect a few new visitors to the Fake Science blog from those coworkers. Quite funny stuff!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By leiapico on November 11, 2013
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I am a middle school science teacher. Since it doesn't have anything super inappropriate in it, it is PERFECT for my students... and me. It's hysterical. I love that it's a fake "textbook" and it makes fun of a lot of traditional "textbook" things. Awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam M. Tannenbaum VINE VOICE on November 15, 2012
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This is one of those works that makes me wonder why nobody thought of it before. It's a perfectly obvious gag, and happily, the execution is every bit as good as the concept.

In brief, it's laid out like a standard science textbook, except that all of the information is either over-the-top incorrect, obvious, or colored with jokes. I can't really speak to specific content without giving away the gags, so the potential buyer will want to check out the website the book is based on. I actually stumbled onto the book before I knew anything about the site, but the site gives an accurate preview of what one can expect. If you like it, you'll like the book.

One thing I DID appreciate is that, though the topics of science can actually be sensitive ones for some, Fake Science 101 isn't condescending, insulting, or offensive (at least not to me). Author Phil Edwards seems to have the singular objective of drawing as many laughs out of the subject as possible, so what's here is 'good, clean fun.'

I bought another copy to give as a gift, and the recipient isn't a scientist or even particularly interested in science- she just enjoys a good laugh. That's the big selling point, in my opinion: this isn't a book for scientists who want to laugh at topical jokes relevant to their disciplines; it's appropriate and accessible for ANYONE. Highly recommended for those who appreciate subtle, tongue-in-cheek humor. Best of all, there's lot's of 'reread value;' the jokes work over and over.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lila on July 19, 2012
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This is a delightfully brain-tickling, humourously-snarky, enjoyable piece of entertainment. In the same vein as the H.O.W books, but taken to another level. From the giggle-producing headlines to the laugh-snorting science facts and uproarious footnotes, this is a definite treat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By l2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 31, 2012
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This is a funny read for anyone with even a small interest in science. Maybe it will help science students look at their facts in new ways? For most people it will be an enjoyable page turner. Most of the topics are just a page or two it is an easy read for people with short attention spans (or who don't have large blocks of time to devote to reading).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Connors VINE VOICE on November 13, 2012
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Science humor at its best falls into several categories -- in-jokes (the "sonic hedgehog" gene, anyone?), stories of real life mistakes, drama, and general strangeness (think John Clark's Ignition!, Dr. Derek Lowe's "Things I Won't Work With" category on his blog Pipeline, or the Ig Nobel Prizes), or parodies of scientific writing and methodology (everything in the Annals of Improbable Research that doesn't fall into the first category). "Fake Science 101" is definitely not how science humor is usually done. This can be a mixed blessing.

Phil Edwards seems to have a sense of humor in the Mitch Hedberg-Steven Wright-Ellen Degeneres vein -- very little in the book is laugh-out-loud funny, and a lot of the humor comes from utterly wrong free association, unexpected logical zigzagging, and lots of matter-of-fact comedic sociopathy; at one point he outdoes Tom Lehrer's mathematician in "Lobachevsky" in a flowchart on coming up with a theory by suggesting skipping plagiarism to going straight to eliminating the competition. The "insights" of the book are usually rather loopy, either making a strange bit of sense or diverting into rather jarring nonsequiturs; needless to say, there's a lot of wordplay and strange pop cultural references (the Periodic Table as a tournament bracket? Sure, why not...), as well as tons of very bad advice. Nevertheless, one thing remains clear throughout the book: this book is incredibly dishonest. (But you knew that already.)

I think the description I once saw of Tim Conway's Dorf character as being somewhat akin to riffing on the same joke while stoned applies here, even more so. It's not a bad book, but like I said, it doesn't have the usual feel of science humor. You might want to look through the website and see if Edwards' humor is for you before buying.
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