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on 29 August 2016
great
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on 20 July 2011
good book, but not well layed out, so can be hard to get into and read for a person, and it doesnt grab you at the start

would recommend for science students at uni rather than school
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on 13 January 2014
What do you buy a young man in his early 20's? This seems to have done the trick as it seemed to be very well received either that or he is a very well-mannered young man.
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VINE VOICEon 27 March 2014
The problem with science is that everyone expects it to succeed. I work in statistics and so I am very worried if all the experiments do work, as then I know something fishy is going on. So this is a book dedicated to those less successful flights of scientific fancy that are either weird, failures or just so unethical they would not be considered any more.

Why do you want to test wine on chickens? Why do you want to see the expression on a person's face when they decapitate a rat? Sometimes scientists are crazy and this book shows the mad and bad in a light hearted way. Scientists are not always serious and they shouldn't always be taken seriously.
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on 1 November 2009
The iseas people get when trying to do something is staggering.
crazy ideas, strange inventions and concepts, this book is full of.
the book is seperated into scetions such as strange ideas, weird inventions etc and this suits it well.
i would personally say that this is not a book to sit and read cover to cover, though that might just be me, i would see this book more as a reference article, to flick through on certain subjects, but this does not make it bad, that's just how i see it
each section has articles taken out of new scientist magazine, as they were originally done and shows scientists not following the usual protocols, some amazing and slightly disturbing results unfold.
a good book and worth the read.
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on 22 January 2010
I bought this book for my husband - and we spent so long reading it and laughing till we were crying - that Christmas dinner at midday was missed and we had the meal in the evening.

I thoroughly recommend this book, and it's predecessors, although NOT the extra for the next day delivery. After paying the added money, the book arrived four days later, alamost missing Christmas. An e-bay purchase at the same time from San Diego arrived in three days!!

Nicola and Peter (still giggling)
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on 7 March 2010
An entertaining collection of science trivia. I found this less fun than the older "Last word" style of book. The editorial comments interspersing each fact/story are pretty vacuous and reminiscent of the generally irritating presenters linking clips in home-movie blooper shows. Nevertheless a gratefully received and fun stocking filler.
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on 21 March 2010
Previous books in this series were brilliant quirky collections excerpted from New Scientist's Last Word column - readers asked the questions and other readers answered them with wit, expertise and imagination (early 'cloud sourcing' before the popularisation of the web). What a shame that NS is now living off its laurels and pointlessly throwing away a winning formula. 'How to make a tornado' is an inferior compendium of scientific articles, interspersed with unamusing and uninsightful editorial drivel. Buy the earlier books in the series instead!
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on 31 March 2010
This book could almost be the Darwin Awards light, it's basically about people doing idiotic things in a scientific context, and usually surviving.

It is like one of those TV shows of people falling over on someone else's home video, and about as funny.

There's not really that much interesting science in it, few theories propounded, but a lot of painful and/or embarrassing experiments. Some of the experiments, particularly those from a long time ago, were worth doing. However, if the experiments weren't done to excess, or without sensible precautions, they weren't picked for this book.
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on 24 April 2010
Another very good book in the series. The topics selected are quite interesting and so much fun at the same time particularly for general readers without strong scientific background. Even with more than 200 pages, I find it's too short to last more than a few days of continous reading. Once you finish it, you'll start right away looking for the next title in this series. Highly recommended!!!
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