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A Typical "Michael Caine" book!,
This review is from: The Science Magpie: A hoard of fascinating facts, stories, poems, diagrams and jokes, plucked from science and its history (Icon Magpie) (Hardcover)
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...'cos it's full of science facts about which can be said "...not many people know dat!" Which was a catch phrase of Michael Caine's apparently.
But seriously, this is an interesting book which contains a great many science snippets in a condensed form that makes for what I call a typical "dipper" book which you can keep say in the smallest room for when you fancy a quick bit of reading without having to get too engrossed in it. It's small too (approx A5 size and just under an inch thick) which makes it even more suitable for the smallest room.
I do agree up to a point with other reviewers who have said that the information is perhaps not presented in the best way, but that said I did enjoy reading the book and would recommend it as an excellent stocking filler or birthday present for a young boy of say 8-14 who's interested in science. In fact, it's suitable as a present for anyone who's interested in anything science orientated.
There's even reference to Tom Lehrer's famous song on the Periodic Table of elements which was set to a song from Gilbert & Sullivan's opera The Pirates of Penzance! (Don't forget to take notes... there will be a short quiz on it next period!)
In summary: quite a useful and interesting little book - if you take it in the spirit in which it's written i.e. as a lighthearted and concise book of scientific facts. Definitely a book for nerds like me!
Worth the money in my opinion.