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Not always accurate,
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This review is from: I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School (Kindle Edition)
As other reviewers have noted, the material in this book is not always accurate. It is often dated, too. An example that hasn't been mentioned is that the upper chambers of the heart have been called atria - not auricles - for at least the past 30 years. Surely an editor should have done a bit of fact checking?
There is an irony here. I realise that a fair amount of what I was taught at school was just plain wrong. Perhaps the author was acknowledging that this is what we USED to be taught, however, I don't think things, here, are as complicated as that. I suspect that the mistakes are down to sloppy research and editing.
There are parts of the book that are informative, interesting and serve as valuable reminders. However, personalised lists of things seem to be page-fillers. Also, once you begin to doubt the truth value of one bit of the text, you begin to question the veracity of the rest. The book is not suitable for students but, in parts, a nice memory-jogger.
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2015 10:25:30 GMT
I am sure I was taught auricles, I know I was taught that Pluto was a planet, and that to convert °C to °F took a million step equation, not a "multiply it by this decimal and add/subtract 9". Maybe I am just showing my age - but I appreciate your review, showing how wrong a lot of it is - while I didn't want a fact review, I wanted a blast from the past, but unless the author is my age, give or take 2 years, it's not going to be relevant... - Even at 99p I think I shall leave it. :-D
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