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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; 1st Edition edition (15 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007263384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007263387
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,092,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘It will give you the means of finding out all sorts of information that you don't actually need to know. Curiously, I found it all quite interesting. Does that mean that I am a geek?’ Church Review

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Dr Graham Tattersall is a freelance engineer working on projects as diverse as computer aided shoe fitting, fault analysis systems for trains, and enhancement of ultrasound images. He enjoys building houses, boats and working on engines, and lives in Suffolk with his (long suffering) wife.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Thorrington on 17 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book, I didn't think it possible to make maths interesting but Dr Graham does it with style and wit! Move over The Dangerous Book for Boys, Geek Speak is a must have for anyone who has ever wondered how fast a fart travels or how many flies it would take to pull a car!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Wacey on 9 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
How many nappies are used each year? Perhaps three a day per baby is optomistally low but it's still scarey how many Dr T comes up with. This is a classic pick up for a moment book and then forget to put it back down as you read just one more question. I'm still trying to decide which five numbers describe my personality. There are also lots of green questions such as "how many electric keetles can be powered by a wave?" to really get the conscience going. The illustrations that go with each question and answer are great. I'm holding off finding out how many times the river thames has been through the human body.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ne0nNightmare on 20 Dec. 2007
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Bought this as a present for a maths/facts/QI-type programme fan relative. Had a little flick through when it arrived, and had to force myself to put it down before I ended up keeping it!
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By Harry on 7 Nov. 2011
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In inriguing insight into the working of the mind of a mathematician. Whether seen as a mathematical treatise or a work of philosophy the reader must decide on its appeal.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rama Rao on 29 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
Life plus mathematics is equal to confusion, not happiness; but life plus wrong logic/science is absurd. By the way "geekspeak" is not an English word! Curiosity and inquisitiveness are in human nature, therefore asking scientific and philosophical questions are understandable but that doesn't include asking questions such as; how much land is needed to bury the dead each year? Or how heavy is your house? Or how many bibles can be stored on a CD? In this book, the author purports to find answers for these questions using mathematics. A sample of my observation is as follows: Does it costs 10 cents to generate 1000 watts of electricity each by fossil fuel or nuclear power? Is it not nuclear fuel more energy efficient? The conclusion that human power is 700 times as expensive as using fossil fuel is certainly a faulty science! More than 60% of the energy from a burning gas in a car is wasted? This is significantly a large error because a typical gasoline automobile engine operates at around 25% thermal efficiency. The plane will burn the aviation fuel at about the same rate as when you drive your car: 25 - 30 miles per gallon.....and the consumption of fuel is much less per person? Chapters on Well Connected, in six links 4.1 billion people know each other? This completely eliminates redundancy and a people knowing each other! The chapter on Fatal Attraction eliminates the magnetic force that opposites attract! Regarding war chest; the analysis is humorous and least bit substantive. The list goes on, but I did not take time to itemize the scientific veracity of the arguments presented in this book, but the above examples will suffice.

This book is priced pretty heavily for its contents, but I hope that other readers won't be as disappointed as I am.
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