Farmer Buckley's Exploding Trousers and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Buy New

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Very Good See details
Price: 2.80

or
 
   
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Start reading Farmer Buckley's Exploding Trousers on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Farmer Buckley's Exploding Trousers: And other odd events on the way to scientific discovery [Paperback]

New Scientist
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
RRP: 10.99
Price: 8.29 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
You Save: 2.70 (25%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 7 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Tuesday, 22 April? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 5.66  
Paperback 8.29  
Amazon.co.uk Trade-In Store
Did you know you can use your mobile to trade in your unwanted books for an Amazon.co.uk Gift Card to spend on the things you want? Visit the Books Trade-In Store for more details or check out the Trade-In Amazon Mobile App Guidelines on how to trade in using a smartphone. Learn more.

Book Description

26 May 2011
In August 1931, New Zealand farmer Richard Buckley hit the local headlines - or rather his trousers did. One minute they were drying in front of the fire; the next there was a huge blast and a ball of flames. Farmer Buckley's trousers had exploded. The culprit? A popular pesticide of the day, which when combined with clothing fibres unexpectedly formed a highly combustible compound. This incendiary story is a striking example of how scientific advances meant to improve people's lives can sometimes backfire. Contrary to the widespread belief that science and technology move steadily on from one discovery to the next, the fascinating stories in this entertaining collection present some of the unfamiliar characters and events that litter the path of scientific progress, where setbacks and mishaps are the norm, and breakthroughs are the exception.

Frequently Bought Together

Farmer Buckley's Exploding Trousers: And other odd events on the way to scientific discovery + Nothing: From absolute zero to cosmic oblivion - amazing insights into nothingness + Will We Ever Speak Dolphin?: and 130 other science questions answered (New Scientist)
Price For All Three: 19.47

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846685087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846685088
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

'Entertainingly told' --Daily Mail

'Entertainingly told in clear, non-technical prose from the pages of the New Scientist' --Daily Mail

`An enjoyable romp' --BBC Focus

Book Description

The all-but-forgotten heroes and highlights of everyday science

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:


Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a fascinating book of science related facts. I particularly found it nice to have on Kindle and read on my phone kindle app on the train.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dangerous times! 22 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
A great book that can be read at random if so wished. The trousers do not appear until well inside but the reader is informed about many other instances of how science may not be our best servant. This reader was fascinated due to having experimented as a young boy with the very chemicals that caused such consternation to Farmer Buckley, but, happily, without dire consequences! Highly recommended.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Informative 26 Sep 2013
By Rachel
Format:Paperback
An interesting and informative book about different scientific discoveries and how they came about. Very easy to read in small chunks as each discovery covers no more than about 4 pages. However, it didn't have the same type of charm and enjoyment for me as the New Scientist Question books such as Will We Ever Speak Dolphin?: and 130 other science questions answered (New Scientist) and I cannot really put my finger on why. I think it is probably because it is stating why has happened already and doesn't have the same kind of humour because it doesn't contain personal ideas and opinions. Still a very worthy addition to the New Scientist collection.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars educated book 27 Nov 2012
By mopc
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
i love all the new scientist books. I do subscribe the magazine as well. So funny and educated book that everyone can read and have a good laugh at the same time.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars One for the beach collection 15 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A slightly patchy collection, quality-wise, but lots in it to entertain and therefore well worth taking on holiday. I'll not be keeping it ont' Kindle though.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
ARRAY(0xbb201678)

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback