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Boffinology: The Real Stories Behind Our Greatest Scientific discoveries
Justin Pollard

Classification : History
Pub Date : Oct 09, 2010
Imprint : John Murray
Page Extent : 336
Binding : TPB
ISBN : 9781848542006
Price : 450

About the book
The 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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Justin Pollard read Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge. He is a historical writer/consultant in film and TV. His credits include Elizabeth and its sequel, A Golden Age, as well as over twent...(+)

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