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Cold Fusion (The Haggis-On-Whey World of Unbelievable Brilliance) Hardcover – January 27, 2009


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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: The Haggis-On-Whey World of Unbelievable Brilliance (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney's (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934781215
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934781210
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 23, 2009
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"Cold Fusion" is another brilliant entry in annals of scientific knowledge from Dr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey with assistance from her husband, Benny. This volume explains all aspects of cold fusion, including some that even Pons and Fleischmann could have never imagined.

"The History of Cold Fusion" is presented as a colorful timeline on pp. 10-11, and is a good starting point for understanding this book, superimposed as it is over a timeline of Eddie Money's career (note the proximity of the release of Money's monster hits "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise" to Dr. Mizuno's observation of charged particles from palladium deuterides, which he attributed to instrumentation error). Other vital areas of exploration include a handy table explaining why Tim Conway, Helen Hunt, and General Pervez Musharraf will never be good at cold fusion, a poem in epic verse about cold fusion by Lord Byron, the Russian invention of fruit fusion, and a thorough analysis of why birds are bad at building superconductors.

For anyone who enjoys satire, humor, or science, the Haggis-On-Whey series can expand your world view in many new and unexpected ways, and for that reason alone I recommend it. Besides, without Dr. Doris and Benny to help me I would still be attempting to confirm a tritium sample with a mass spectrometer, and we wouldn't want that now, would we?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Austenparker VINE VOICE on June 20, 2009
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If you're looking for the inspired wackiness which characterized the first book of this series (and was mostly re-captured in the third book) - you will be disappointed. Sure, the non sequiturs are there - but the phrase "too much of a good thing" comes to mind. Perhaps the humor is more apparent to anyone working in a field where much time is spent in a laboratory; for the non-lab-dwellers, this book is only so-so.

There are moments when the brilliance of the first and third books shine through, but, for the most part, the laughs are fewer and farther between. Overall, a rather disappointing entry into the increasingly uneven Haggis-On-Whey series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lia Louis on February 17, 2009
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Another smart book from Dr. Haggis-on-Whey. Marvelously dry and filled to the brim with stupendous non-sequitur.
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By Genevieve Boss on January 21, 2014
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If you don't know how awesome these books are by now, you are woefully under-informed. If you like absurdity, buy these. If you like confusing children, buy these. BUY THEM ALL.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but it is definitely something that not all audiences will "get". All of the HOW books are essentially sarcastic/satirical/ironic/parodic/etc. versions of old encyclopedic volumes aimed at children. The central theme of the the widely publicized (at the time) "discovery" of cold fusion in the '90s. If you don't remember that then you probably won't enjoy this volume as much as the other HOW books, but there are still plenty of random themes going on as well.
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