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'Simon Flynn's cornucopia of curious facts, anecdotes and quotations ... is sure to entertain and surprise.' -- New Scientist 'For anyone who likes science and is a fan of Schott's original miscellany, this book is a must. It is full of quirky, interesting scientific facts and anecdotes from across science and its history ... Quite frankly, I loved it. It's great fun and doesn't take itself too seriously.' -- Chemistry World '[A] lighthearted dash through science ... offering lots of curiosities that you will be itching to tell those around you.' -- The Biologist 'Simon Flynn's grab-bag of stories from all branches of science exudes enthusiasm, breathing fresh life into a venerable format.' -- Physics World 'This book is a cabinet of scientific curiosities ... [The Science Magpie] will stimulate good topics of conversation for the pub.' -- BBC Focus
Simon Flynn was a publisher and is now training as science teacher. He has degrees in Chemistry and Philosophy.
This is an amazing book. I had just read The Nature Magpie, which I found very disappointing - just scratched the surface and the compiler's own obsessions with Otters,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Cassandra
My science loving son found this book boring. Not enough actual information and a lot of not very funny science jokes. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amily
Enjoyed the variety of sciences discussed and the idiosyncratic style of the write.
I defy anyone not to hum Modern Major General if they know it, to the chemical table, it... Read more
I bought this for my brother for Christmas and he loves it. He's very scientific and rarely reads fiction but this had a good balance of fact and creativity.Published 20 months ago by Emily Nash
This is what I would describe as a toilet book. You really only want to dip into this from time to time. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Colin Murtagh
I love titles that throw facts and miscellany at you. The Science Magpie has this in spades, and is a great one to throw out in parties. Read morePublished on 15 May 2013 by southcoastreviewer