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I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School Hardcover – 22 May 2008
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a droll personal audit of how much - or how little - of school learning lingers on into later life... it is not only fun to dip into, it is a mine of useful information... It's all there, easily found, clearly laid out (The Oldie)
Amusing but useful... I am not the only one planning to keep it on my desk to avoid any intellectually embarrassing moments (The Scotsman)
This is a fascinating book... it will no doubt be a great source of entertainment around many a dinner table (She)
A fun and witty collection of snippets of information we 'used to know' from school (Essentials)
This is an absorbing volume of familiar facts and figures you may well have forgotten... If the answers are just out of reach, but you know them really, this is the book for you (Sainsbury's Magazine)
It is a fascinating read and you might even learn a few things you missed out on first time around (Townswoman Magazine)
It covers everything we should remember from school but don't (The Western Mail)
could help you connect with your childhood, boost your brainpower and remind your kids just how clever you are (Irish News)
[an] entertaining rag-bag of a book, a sort of cocktail of half-remembered things from your schooldays (Birmingham Evening Mail)
"a droll personal audit of how much - or how little - of school learning lingers on into later life... it is not only fun to dip into, it is a mine of useful information... It's all there, easily found, clearly laid out."See all Product Description
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There are certain chapters you'll skip, either because they were your specialist subject at university or because you're still not interested years later. But there are chapters you'll definitely be saying "I used to know that!" for.
It doesn't take very long to read the entire book, but that's only half the usefulness, because my copy will be taking a prominent place on my shelf- because next time anything that relates to these subjects comes up, I'll remember (I hope) that if I've forgotten it, this is the first book to turn to.
My only criticism is that perhaps 192 pages is a little ungenerous and the authors could easily have found an extra 50% of stuff that we've also forgotten from school. Or maybe that's being saved for a sequel.
I asked my father to lend me the book now! I needed a quick read through, but he wouldn't let me have it!!
This is such a useful book - have it on my desk at work as its a great reference tool for basic general knowledge.
This is going to make a great gift for my godchildren!
Very I Before E if you have that book.
There was lots of stuff in here that I had forgotten but most of it I will surely forget again because I'm not too interested. The bits I was interesting in (maths and science) I found that I did know (because I read sciencey books anyway) and it felt a bit lightweight in that area.
The book mostly covers early secondary school topics and touches on some of the basics from 'O' level (I guess that's GCSE now).
Overall, I think it is worth a read and it does deliver what it tries to. My problem is that my expectations were unrealistic (but that's not the author's fault).
There is an irony here. I realise that a fair amount of what I was taught at school was just plain wrong. Perhaps the author was acknowledging that this is what we USED to be taught, however, I don't think things, here, are as complicated as that. I suspect that the mistakes are down to sloppy research and editing.
There are parts of the book that are informative, interesting and serve as valuable reminders. However, personalised lists of things seem to be page-fillers. Also, once you begin to doubt the truth value of one bit of the text, you begin to question the veracity of the rest. The book is not suitable for students but, in parts, a nice memory-jogger.
A great book, birthday and Christmas presents for this year are taken care of!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant, I had forgotten a lot of it! Hopefully I won't forget it again in a hurry, but age doesn't helpPublished 9 days ago by C Howard
I finally understand Pythagoras' theory now. Phew, I could have answered a lot more questions on University Challenge if I had known that before. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Mrs. S. Kinsey
Enjoyable and well written. Reminded me of a few things I really should know off the top of my head.Published 28 days ago by David
A very disappointing book, full of direct quotes from great authors rather than a precis of what a book contained and simple arithmatic problems, which if forgotten would affect... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wilf Brooks