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    DescriptionScience tells us grand things about the universe: how fast light travels, and why stones fall to earth. But scientific endeavor goes far beyond these obvious foundations. There are some fields we dont often hear about because they are so specialized, or turn out to be dead ends. Yet researchers have given hallucinogenic drugs to blind people (seriously), tried to weigh the soul as it departs the body, and planned to blast a new Panama Canal with an atomic weapon. Real scientific breakthroughs sometimes come out of the most surprising and unpromising work. Do Sparrows Like Bach? is about the margins of science--investigating everything from what its like to die to exploding pants and recycled urine. Who on earth would burn off their beard with a laser? Produce a fireproof umbrella that doubles as a parachute? Replace sniffer dogs with gerbils? Could a chemical component of flatulence be the next Viagra? Do sparrows (and even fish for that matter) prefer Bach to Led Zeppelin? The editors at New Scientist magazine have the answers to all these questions and more in this celebration of outrageous, outlandish, and brilliant discoveries on the fringes of scientific research. This extraordinary collection is an astonishing reminder that even at its most misguided, science is intensely creative, often hilarious, and can spark the imagination like nothing else.

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    Do Sparrows Like Bach?
    The Strange and Wonderful Things That Are Discovered When Scientists Break Free
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by New Scientist
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 219
    Width: 141 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 186 g
    ISBN 13: 9781605981147
    ISBN 10: 1605981141

    BIC subject category V2: GBC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
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    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    DC21: 501
    BIC subject category V2: PDA
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    DC22: 501
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    Abridged Dewey: 500
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    BISAC V2.8: REF018000
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    LC classification: Q173 .D67 2010
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    Publication date
    15 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    A deeply fascinating and occasionally rib-tickling book.