Whichever way you choose, it is a book worth reading for scientists and non-scientists alike! I seek it out wherever I go. I do not agree with the order they are placed in though, as I found some stories more fitting under a different section. This book follows a very simple format: it just gives a large number of very short anecdotes regarding various aspects of scientific discovery. Albans School and Downing College, University of Cambridge. Boffinology is filled with hidden gems of factual information that is both interesting and helpful in the understanding of how things work and why we Ever since Justin Pollard mentioned that his newest book was going to be based on science discoveries, I knew it was going to brilliant and I wasn't wrong. That said, being a scientist myself, some were very familiar to me and almost all that I was familiar with already were accurate.
Boffinology focuses on 'the real stories behind our greatest scientific discoveries. Stephanie Pollard Having completed her degree in Modern and Mediaeval Languages German and Spanish at Queens' College, Cambridge, Stephanie worked for Cassells publishers before beginning a freelance career in factual television. The history of science is often seen as a story of advancement but nothing could be further from the truth. Describes the extraordinary feats of human engineering and design from across the globe, created between the dawn of human civilization and the onset of the Dark Ages. He is a regular columnist for History Today and was the British Society of Magazine Editors Columnist of the Year 2014. His credits include Elizabeth, The Four Feathers, Atonement, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Pirates of the Caribbean.
He is also the co-founder of crowd-funding book website. Harry +Potter Search results will contain 'Potter'. Each page will not disappoint although I guarantee you won't be able to read just one story. Boffinology is filled with hidden gems of factual information that is both interesting and helpful in the understanding of how things work and why we use items the way we do. Or maybe some stories have been lost, forgotten or were just too embarrassing to talk about at the time? You do not need to be a fan of science or even care about science to like this book although if you are, even better! In fact, some of the stories in the book I have heard Stephen Fry read almost word-for-word from his crib cards. This guide looks at the problems that the ancients solved to build various wonders.
The title instantly drew me with the alluring key words being: Real Storie An interesting book, with an interesting title! 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. As a linguist, Stephanie also organises the Company's various translation work. Although he has written many books about history -specifically about events not commonly known- this was the first book of his that I have read. Science, it is true, has progressed, but rarely in the direction intended and seldom for the reasons given. Then you have things like the invention of the steam engine, for which so many people could have claim it's hard to say who actually invented it and shows how history gets mangled. Covering the first three seasons of the series, this official companion book delves into the real history as well as the behind-the-scenes.
I found something interesting, such as Sir Issac Newton's time in the Royal Mint again, exactly what that has to do with scientific discovery I don't know. It is an occupation filled with heroism, genius, hubris, idiocy and blind panic all bought on. Unlike those books, Boffinology reads more like a series of weekly newspaper columns that have been compiled into a book. It introduces us to the travellers, ancient and modern, who saw and rediscovered various sites. Justin Pollard is a well known historian and writer. Some of our most intriguing history is missing. Albans School and Downing College, Cambridge where he was president of the Poohsticks Society.
Or where terms like bunkum, maverick, John Bull and taking the mickey come from; or how the Tsarina. Due to the brevity of the stories, some important details were missed off, and I noticed these particularly in the last section of the book when it came to the stories about Galileo and Mendel, which causes them to be slightly inaccurate. Books by at United Agents and at Lucas Alexander Whitley. Representation Film and television by at United Agents. He is one of the founders of Unbound - - a new crowd-funding site putting authors directly in touch with their readers. Hence, the picture of the cute glasses-clad eggs on the cover of the book or at least, I assume! Visual Artefact Limited is the leading provider of content for the popular history market.
This book contains a collection of pieces about some scientific discoveries and scientists. It's not so great if you just want to sit down and read the book. Ever since Justin Pollard mentioned that his newest book was going to be based on science discoveries, I knew it was going to brilliant and I wasn't wrong. I've been slowly working my way through one of Pollard's other books: The Interesting Bits: The History You Might Have Missed, which is very similar, but focuses on more general history. Justin Pollard Justin Pollard was educated at St. You don't have to be into science to enjoy it, and enjoy it you most certainly should. Justin Pollard was born in Hertfordshire and educated at St.
The stories are organized in 10 sections. As a co-founder of Visual Artefact, she works closely with Justin to provide the detailed research required for projects such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Peaky Blinders and Vikings, as well as assisting with all projects in development. If you spot any errors or disagree with me, please feel free to drop a comment highlighting where you think I have erred and your reason for supposing this. He is one of the founders of Unbound - Justin Pollard was born in Hertfordshire and educated at St. Albans School and Downing College, Cambridge where he was president of the Poohsticks Society. Likewise, while the subject matter is loosely organised into sections, no story has any real link to the one that precedes or follows it. In Pollard-esque style, the book is filled with fascinating tales and stories behind what really happened in the science world and what really happened behind some of our most popular inventions.
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. As far as science writing goes, it very basic and does not require any expertise in order to be able follow. Searches cannot start with a wildcard. The history of science is often seen as a story of advancement but nothing could be further from the truth. Having said that, the range of topics mean that for every story such as Einstein being asked if he would like to be President of Israel exactly what has that got to do with scientific discovery? In any case, the author did an amazing job with the data collection and sorting. He also consults on movies to verify the historical accuracy of scenes and details presented in them. So I do not claim that 100% of what I write is accurate, but I do claim that it is a fair representation of my understanding at the time of writing.
Justin Pollard is a well known historian and writer. The introduction, opening quote and table of contents of the book were quite appealing as well. Although I read it straight through, it is the sort of book you could do a 'pick and mix' type of reading - read a few stories, put down for a couple of months and then read another few. Search Tips Our search has the following Google-type functionality: + addition symbol If you use '+' at the start of a word, that word will be present in the search results. With that small aside, this was an enjoyable and informative read.