Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, Stevyn Colgan is an author friend of mine.
This book was a lot of fun, although it must have been irritating for everyone around me. It’s packed full of fun facts, and they’re so interesting that you can’t stop yourself from sharing them with your friends and family. That’s probably partly due to the fact that Colgan is one of the elves on Q.I.
In this book, he builds on the work that he did in Joined-Up Thinking by carrying out a number of investigations in which he tries to connect disparate subjects through a shared set of facts. It’s hard to explain, perhaps, but it all hangs on the whole six degrees of separation thing – except Colgan applies it to facts and information instead of to movie actors and Kevin Bacon.
Overall then, this is a fantastic book if you’re into facts and stuff. You’ll learn all sorts of weird stuff and you’ll discover that the world that we live in is more interconnected than you might previously have thought. It’ll blow your mind a few times. Read it.
Stevyn Colgan is a man who understands the fundamental interconnectedness of all things.
His Connectoscope is a journey through obscure knowledge that gives the reader the distinct impression that they’re only just touching on his peculiar genius.
Drawing predominately on life sciences, history, literature and bad ’70’s television, Constable Colgan’s ‘investigations’ take the reader on a meandering, tangential voyage of (probably fairly unnecessary) discovery, before depositing them – dizzy and slightly soiled – right back where they started…
(It’s also a terribly funny journey - which, considering I have a laugh like a goat with the croup, has been deeply upsetting for the people around me…)
Like Victor Kiam, I liked the book so much I wanted to buy the whole company - but, when that didn’t really work out for me, I had to content myself by buying two copies instead.
Fabulous & fascinating read about how things in life are connected together. Very amusing stories, written in quiet manageable investigations. It'll leave you wondering to which degree you're connected to Kevin Bacon. Thoroughly recommend.
Buying this book for my brother in law for Christmas after getting our own copy through Unbound! Brilliant stuff- easy and enjoyable, interesting and intriguing. Love Stevyn's style. Fascinating and accessible read!