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"Einstein was a talented violinist, and on this occasion he had a violin with him ... Pressed to show his skill, he said that he needed an accompanist. There was a piano to hand - and so there was Einstein playing Saint-Saens' Swan to my accompaniment."
When reading the Autobiography, I felt as though I was actually speaking with Patrick; it is remarkable the way his character shines through in the book - a shining star! All in all this is a fascinating and entertaining book, which would suit anyone who loves a good read!
"Aircraft depend upon having air around them, and there is not much air above a few tens of miles, so that aircraft won't work. Rockets, on the other hand, depend upon what Isaac Newton called the "principle of reaction", every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so that a rocket will, so to speak, push against itself. If this baffles you, blow up a balloon and then suddenly let the air rush out. The balloon will shoot across the room, because it is being pushed by the air streaming out of its exhaust. In a rocket, a jet of gas is produced by a special kind of motor, usually involving a "fuel" and a "propellant", which when mixed together generate heat and send the gases out through the rocket exhaust."
However, the author's attention is not reserved exclusively for extra-terrestrial matters. He describes his fanaticism for cricket and humourously refers to his " curious leg-breaks, delivered at medium pace off a long, kangaroo-hop run and a cartwheel action". I especially enjoyed a delicious chapter entitled "The Tale of Mr Twitmarsh" in which he relishes in mocking incompetent bureaucracy. Forthright views on foxhunting and the European Union also reveal a man who is very much interested in current affairs. Yet the book reveals pathos, too. Patrick has remained a reluctant bachelor following the death of Lorna, " the only girl for me", killed by the Nazis in 1943.
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Very pleased with purchase & arrived quicker than we thought it would!!Published 17 months ago by tony
Well written and amusing. Quite an insight into the varied and at times frantic life of a science writer and presenter. Well worth reading.Published 20 months ago by J. Jacobs
A wonderful, modest, brilliant account of the life of one of our most eccentric national treasures. Not for the politically correct, but very entertaining.Published 21 months ago by Harty
The autobiography reveals a man true to himself and his own values. It came well packed and on time.Published 24 months ago by P. Frankenberg
Purchased this for a friend of the family. He said it was a very good read.Published on 29 July 2015 by Trevor William Douglas
A remarkable life of a remarkable man, well worth the read.Published on 30 Mar. 2015 by Mr. K. Fitzgerald
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