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Bored with Ohm's Law? Sick of statistics? Had it with Avogadro's number? Does entropy fill you with ennui, do globulins inspire in you nothing but gloom? Then you're in need of a dose of Science Without the Boring Bits! This chronology of scientific curiosities comprises a host of cranky theories, crackpot experiments, crazed professors, questionable quacks, mischievous pranksters, deluded pundits, and a priceless host of wild and baseless speculations. Read all about Soviet attempts to create an ape-human hybrid... Sir John Herschel's belief in the nutritional value of sawdust... Darwin's investigation of the musicality of earthworms... the distinguished French physician who injected himself with guinea-pig testicles... the man who worried that tidal power might pull the Moon dangerously close to the Earth... the experiment that claimed to show that the soul weighs precisely 21 grams. These are just a few of the colourful and astonishing stories contained within the covers of Science Without the Boring Bits, from the sublime to the absolutely ridiculous - with the emphasis firmly on the latter.
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Thrill! - as radio astronomers detect the mysterious 'wow' signal from outer space! Gasp! - as mathematicians come up with a number so big it won't fit into the known universe! Wonder! - as Archimedes' death rays destroy ships over 2000 years ago! Laugh! - as absent-minded Isaac Newton boils his watch while checking the time on his egg! Retch! - as Soviet surgeons graft the head of a puppy onto the shoulder of a fully grown dog! Be Awed! - at the taste of raspberries at the centre of the Milky Way! Astonish Your Friends! - with stories of snottites, leap seconds, incandescent beards, flying monks, flossing monkeys, winking corpses, ancient steam engines, radioactive suppositories, edible mud, and much, much more... All the wacky science you really don't need to know.