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    DescriptionThe history of science is often seen as a story of advancement but nothing could be further from the truth. Science, it is true, has progressed, but rarely in the direction intended and seldom for the reasons given. This has a lot to do with the people responsible. Meet Thales, credited as 'the father of science', whose only real claim to fame is that he often fell into ditches, discover how Archimedes never said Eureka and hated baths anyway and how the most lucrative ancient Greek invention was not democracy but the slot machine. Justin Pollard also fills us in on Issac Newton who liked to disguise himself and lurk in London's less salubrious pubs, how eleven people claimed to have invented the steam engine and why the first website was twelve foot across and made of wood.


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    Title
    Boffinology
    Subtitle
    The Real Stories Behind Our Greatest Scientific Discoveries
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Justin Pollard
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781848542013
    ISBN 10: 1848542011
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDX, PDZ, WH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    DC22: 509
    Thema V1.0: WH, PDX, PDZ
    Publisher
    John Murray General Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    07 July 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Justin Pollard read Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge. He is a historical writer and consultant in film and TV. His credits include Elizabeth and Atonement and the BBC TV drama The Tudors, as well as more than twenty-five documentary series such as Channel 4's Time Team. He is a writer and researcher for QI and the author of seven books including The Interesting Bits, Charge! and Secret Britain.
    Review quote
    'An illuminating read' Financial Times 'This approachable and often funny compendium of tales about scientists and their discoveries is also making an important argument: that science is not the stately, dispassionate progress from evidence to theory that some of its self-appointed defenders think' Guardian 'Addictive' Independent