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Farmer Buckley's Exploding Trousers: And other odd events on the way to scientific discovery (New Scientist) Paperback – 26 May 2011

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  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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'You can unravel the secrets of life, the universe and everything in your own kitchen...brilliant.

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a fascinating mix of the baffling, ridiculous and trivial...answers the scientific questions you never got round to asking. (Daily Express)

the answers to life's most perplexing questions...at last, the mysteries of the world are explained...the book everyone is talking about....science can be fun (Independent on Sunday)

Entertainingly told in clear, non-technical prose from the pages of the New Scientist (David Bradbury Daily Mail 2011-05-20)

An enjoyable romp (BBC Focus)

Highly entertaining and enlightening... an excellent book for casual dipping. (Fortean Times 2011-09-01)

A highly recommended read for those with a taste for the oddities of history (Cape Times, South Africa 2011-07-22)

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Before Terry Deary had written `Horrible Histories', he had already created a series of true story books for children. These true stories took the given perception of something and added eccentric and interesting things to it. `Farmer Buckley's Exploding Trousers' is the adult equivalent of one of these books. A series of short articles look back on strange scientific discoveries. Why did father Buckley's trousers explode? Would you go so high up in a hot air balloon that you almost die? Science is full of great minds, but `Buckley' suggests that genius is truly close to madness.

At its best `Buckley' is an informative and very entertaining book. Some of the more macabre stories are pure entertainment, but are based on solid historic and scientific evidence. When the aim is to entertain the book works, it is when the `New Scientist' aspects of the book come out that things begin to drag. This collection was originally taken from the well-known science periodical so is aimed towards a cerebral crowd. When going into great depth on some of the subjects the book is just plain boring. I know that I am reading a book about scientific discoveries, but I don't need to know all about them.

With around a quarter of the vignettes dragging out too long, `Buckley' is not the perfect book. However, the majority of the stories are well written, interesting and very enjoyable. Any fan of nonfiction or history will get something from the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Alison J. Mcmillan on 18 Aug. 2012
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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.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By john isle of wight on 22 Jun. 2011
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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.
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By Rachel on 26 Sept. 2013
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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.
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By mopc on 27 Nov. 2012
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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.
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