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on 10 April 2012
This is not a complex book, but it is rather enjoyable. Based around the simple premise of passing time on a flight by explaining the science that you can observe around you, this book includes some science from most disciplines. Some people may find this idea off-putting, but there is no need. With the possible exception of the occasional trip into quantum physics (which, famously, no one really understands anyway) the science rarely strays beyond secondary school level.

A few famous misconceptions are also looked at - including how wings work and getting stuck on an aeroplanes toilet because of a vacuum.

What I really like about this book is how it shows that science (and fairly simple science at that) can help explain so many of the things we take for granted.

So apart from passing a few hours on a plane this book may also be a valuable source of anecdotes for any science teacher who happens upon it. It's a splendid little textbook for the "Science in society" or "Science as a human endeavour" section of many science curricula.

Dont let the idea that this could be used as a textbook put you off the book - I'm just giving in to my back ground and training.

This is a simple, straight forward and rather highly recommended to pass the dull hours between A and B. It won't make the food taste any better, or give you more leg room, but it will help pass the time.
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