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Deceived Wisdom: Why What You Thought Was Right is Wrong

Deceived Wisdom: Why What You Thought Was Right is Wrong

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By (author) David Bradley

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  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 200mm x 22mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1908739347
  • ISBN 13: 9781908739346
  • Sales rank: 391,614

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Did your mother remind you to take off your coat when inside or you won't 'feel the benefit' when you leave? Have you ever been informed that what you need to cool down is a nice cup of tea? And are you bored of being told that you have to let that red wine breathe first to improve its taste? If so then 'Deceived Wisdom' is the book for you. Organised into easy-to-read standalone sections, it looks at the facts we all think we know and examines why we don't know them at all. David Bradley's clear and witty writing examines the science behind the statements to reveal the truth behind many popular myths. Entries include: - Why urinating on a jellyfish sting does not help (in fact it can make things worse and is at best rather embarrassing for the stingee) - Why recycling aluminium cans is not a waste of time - Why drinking diet cola will not make you blind - Why cats are not smarter than dogs - Why the 10,000 hour practice rule is not what it seems - Why your mobile phone won't give you cancer

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David Bradley has worked in science communication for more than 20 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 Science' (2011). He has won awards for his writing and blogging, including 'Daily Telegraph' Science Writer of the Year. He tweets as @sciencebase and has over 15,000 followers. He lives in Cambridge, England, with his wife.