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Boffinology

Justin Pollard

3 Reviews

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Prose: non-fiction, History, General & world history, Science: general issues, Humour

Eureka! Discover the real stories behind the history of science.

The history of science is often seen as a story of advancement but nothing could be further from the truth. Science, it is true, has progressed, but rarely in the direction intended and seldom for the reasons given. This has a lot to do with the people responsible.

Meet Thales, credited as 'the father of science', whose only real claim to fame is that he often fell into ditches, discover how Archimedes never said Eureka and hated baths anyway and how the most lucrative ancient Greek invention was not democracy but the slot machine.

Justin Pollard also fills us in on Issac Newton who liked to disguise himself and lurk in London's less salubrious pubs, how eleven people claimed to have invented the steam engine and why the first website was twelve foot across and made of wood.

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Praise for Boffinology

  • An illuminating read - Financial Times

  • This approachable and often funny compendium of tales about scientists and their discoveries is also making an important argument: that science is not the stately, dispassionate progress from evidence to theory that some of its self-appointed defenders think - Guardian

  • Addictive - Independent

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Justin Pollard

Justin Pollard is a Cambridge University Archaeology graduate, who has television experience that includes Time Team and QI. Justin is the author of Seven Ages of Britain.

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