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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: European Atlantic Publications Ltd (14 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905770014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905770014
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,001,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shopaholic on 3 Jan. 2011
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I couldn't put this book down. A great little book, where even if you only have a few minutes spare you can enjoy the delicious little facts and tips in bite-size sections.
I am an avid listener to the Naked Scientists radio show plus many of the spin off shows, Chris Smith's incredible wealth of knowledge never ceases to amaze me, and he rarely struggles to answer any questions put to him live on air!
I look forward to reading his next book/s and I may buy his next edition for the Kindle!
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By Atlantic lady on 2 July 2014
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Love this book, it's written in an warm and informative way, brought this after seeing the naked scientist live and can not put it down
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Naked science- readable 13 May 2013
By William P. Palmer - Published on
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Review of `Naked science' (2006) by Christopher Smith published by European-Atlantic Publications Ltd., London.

CITATION Smith, C. (2006). Naked science. London: European-Atlantic Publications Ltd.

Reviewer: Dr William P. Palmer.

`Naked science' is another book like `Do Cats Have Belly Buttons?: And Answers to 244 Other Questions on the World of Science to 244 other questions on the World of Science' that has morphed from a radio show into a book. The story of how the idea emerged, told in the book's introduction, is engaging and instructive. Briefly two keen young PhD students provided a demonstration about onion DNA at the Cambridge (UK) Science Festival and became enthused about explaining science to people. Firstly when interviewed about their demonstration, they gave a good interview which the audience liked. They put forward a grant application to the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, which proved successful for an interview type science program which developed with further support into a public question and answer show expanding from the UK to Australia. It was a commendable effort.

The book has 226 pages with a further 30 pages of index which is helpful if the reader wishes to answer particular questions. One problem is that the book has no diagrams or pictures which makes explanation more difficult in some cases. Some pages contain one question and one answer whilst fewer pages contain two questions with answers, so altogether there would be about 300 questions and answers. Generally explanations are good delivered with some excellent touches of humour.

Sometimes the author introduces `factoids' which are statements that may be factually correct or incorrect. Immediately following the statement, a few paragraphs are written pronouncing the statement true or false. Some of these required more discussion than was given.

Overall I have some doubts as to whether the publication of books like this actually helps the public understanding of science but this was a better than average attempt to make science better understood by the general public.

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