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Quirkology Was No One Hit Wonder: Well Done Professor Wiseman!,
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Most would agree that Quirkology: The Curious Science Of Everyday Lives was a brilliant book. So, given its strength, I bought 'Did You Spot The Gorilla' and was very disappointed by what felt like a rushed out book(let! of barely a 100 pages), and a poor distant cousin of Quirkology. Thus it was with some degree of hesitation, that I recently bought :59 Seconds...
And was I happy with it? Very much so. Professor Wiseman has definitely returned with gusto! 59:seconds is a book which proves that the man who wrote Quirkology had plenty more tricks up his sleeve. Although some have unjustly criticised his straying off course at times - insofar as when he has an interesting social experiment's results to hand, he cannot help himself, and slips same into the text - even when the accompanying pages may have less relevance to the results he's just disclosed. But I still say: interesting reading is interesting reading! And so what if the professor has seasoned his text with some liberal snippets of curiously entertaining information!? The book is all the better - not worse - for it.
In this most interesting & well written book, he seeks to find out if it's possible to change your life (from decision making and parenting to creativity, stress and relationships etc.) in the minimal of time? And, some 340 pages later, you'll be in no doubt that it is. It's clear that Professor Wiseman took no shortcuts in writing this book, which has some 27 pages of extensive reference notes; and is to be congratulated for producing arguably one of the best books on 'self help' ever written. On that note, Happiness Hypothesis: Putting Ancient Wisdom to the Test of Modern Science is another most brilliant book which takes a slightly different approach, but is also strongly recommended to you. Both books succeed in appealing to a wide audience, without being patronising, and do not labour readers with too much academic jargon etc.
Lastly, I am at a loss as to why at the time of writing this review, :59 Seconds has only 4/5 stars! It deserves far greater praise. Nonetheless, I very much look forward to what Professor Wiseman will publish next.