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This review is from: The World's Greatest Idea: The Fifty Greatest Ideas That Have Changed Humanity (Hardcover)
I'm constantly faced with my own ignorance but this book helps to reduce it slightly. There may be somewhere else that you could you get an understanding of steam power, an indication of quantum physics, a thoughtful discussion about welfare state, an explanation of scientific method and a clear-eyed view of the banking crisis (and this is the tip of the iceberg) but I don't think it could be done in such an engaging, simple yet unpatronising way. When I read John Farndon's books I feel I've learnt something and challenged my views - but really enjoyed doing it. It's a cliche but I did have trouble putting this one down.