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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: 9.1 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

From the Author

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.

More About the Author

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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Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and two chapters about science in general make this book a really full and funny overview of science.
Brookfield Brian
He loves funny little bits of interest like this book presents and he found it very easy and fun to read.
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30 of 39 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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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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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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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 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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Breveleri on November 8, 2013
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I first saw these posts on Facebook and they were ridiculous. It reminds me of the Stephen Colbert Biography. Really funny and smart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Nissen on June 14, 2013
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My physics-teacher husband loved this, and so do all our friends. Everyone who peruses the book has to read parts out loud to the rest of the group -- EVERY time the book is opened. So much fun!
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