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How to Make a Tornado: The strange and wonderful things that happen when scientists break free (New Scientist) [Paperback]

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1 Oct 2009 New Scientist
Science tells us grand things about the universe: how fast light travels, and why stones fall to earth. But scientific endeavour goes far beyond these obvious foundations. There are some fields we don't often hear about because they are so specialised, or turn out to be dead ends. Yet researchers have given hallucinogenic drugs to blind people (seriously), tried to weigh the soul as it departs the body and planned to blast a new Panama Canal with atomic weapons. Real scientific breakthroughs sometimes come out of the most surprising and unpromising work. How to Make a Tornado is about the margins of science - not the research down tried-and-tested routes, but some of its zanier and more brilliant by-ways. Investigating everything from what it's like to die, to exploding trousers and recycled urine, this book is a reminder that science is intensely creative and often very amusing - and when their minds run free, scientists can fire the imagination like nobody else.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846682878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846682872
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`This playful collection...provides an absorbing commuter read...casting a light on the wackier side of science and invention' --Arifa Akbar, Independent

`Ideal for anyone fascinated by weird science' --Sunday Business Post

`witty anthology of oddities and oddballs' --Saga Magazine

'Fascinating, intelligent and funny' --Michael Jones, Independent

`fantastically dry humour... will satisfy anyone with a thirst for the excesses of scientific creativity' -- Rupert van den Broek, Independent on Sunday

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The next title in the brilliant and bestselling New Scientist series

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to make an excellent Christmas morning. 22 Jan 2010
I bought this book for my husband - and we spent so long reading it and laughing till we were crying - that Christmas dinner at midday was missed and we had the meal in the evening.

I thoroughly recommend this book, and it's predecessors, although NOT the extra for the next day delivery. After paying the added money, the book arrived four days later, alamost missing Christmas. An e-bay purchase at the same time from San Diego arrived in three days!!

Nicola and Peter (still giggling)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stocking filler / bathroom book 7 Mar 2010
An entertaining collection of science trivia. I found this less fun than the older "Last word" style of book. The editorial comments interspersing each fact/story are pretty vacuous and reminiscent of the generally irritating presenters linking clips in home-movie blooper shows. Nevertheless a gratefully received and fun stocking filler.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Previous books in this series were brilliant quirky collections excerpted from New Scientist's Last Word column - readers asked the questions and other readers answered them with wit, expertise and imagination (early 'cloud sourcing' before the popularisation of the web). What a shame that NS is now living off its laurels and pointlessly throwing away a winning formula. 'How to make a tornado' is an inferior compendium of scientific articles, interspersed with unamusing and uninsightful editorial drivel. Buy the earlier books in the series instead!
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By Andrew Dalby VINE VOICE
The problem with science is that everyone expects it to succeed. I work in statistics and so I am very worried if all the experiments do work, as then I know something fishy is going on. So this is a book dedicated to those less successful flights of scientific fancy that are either weird, failures or just so unethical they would not be considered any more.

Why do you want to test wine on chickens? Why do you want to see the expression on a person's face when they decapitate a rat? Sometimes scientists are crazy and this book shows the mad and bad in a light hearted way. Scientists are not always serious and they shouldn't always be taken seriously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as all previous New Scientist Books 13 Jan 2014
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What do you buy a young man in his early 20's? This seems to have done the trick as it seemed to be very well received either that or he is a very well-mannered young man.
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3.0 out of 5 stars book review 20 July 2011
By Nicola
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good book, but not well layed out, so can be hard to get into and read for a person, and it doesnt grab you at the start

would recommend for science students at uni rather than school
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