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Deceived Wisdom: Why What You Thought Was Right Is Wrong von [Bradley, David]
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'At last, a book that blows away many of the urban myths that we've come to accept without questioning. Well written and engrossing' -- --Dr John Emsley, author of 'Nature's Building Blocks' and other popular science books; 'Let it be announced from the rooftops that David Bradley has compiled this charming book, Deceived Wisdom, showing that some of the popular Old Wives Tales and things you could have sworn were true because you heard them down the pub are, with the appliance of science, just another charabanc of retired shoe manufacturers ... Good things come in small packages, and I read it in a single session. It's a book you can dip into, one of those things that no well-stocked shelf in the Smallest Room should be without ... if you want a stocking-filler for the geek in your life, especially if they are teenagers and mightn t have come across these before, then this has to be it.' -- --Henry Gee, Occam's Typewriter; 'I can't recommend this book highly enough. Not only is it entertaining, but it is also extremely informative, smart, and thorough. While Bradley discusses some complex topics, his clear writing makes reading about these brainteasers a breeze.' -- --Kim Lacey, Guru Magazine; 'This is a brilliant book, which presents some really pertinent information in a fun and enjoyable manner ... Bradley reinforces what science is really all about: questioning what you know and never accepting something just because somebody else tells you it's true.' --Paul Blakely, www.unpopularscience.co.uk

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Did your mother remind you to take off your coat when inside or you won't 'feel the benefit' when you leave? Have you ever been informed that what you need to cool down is a nice cup of tea? And are you bored of being told that you have to let that red wine breathe first to improve its taste? If so then Deceived Wisdom is the book for you. Organised into easy-to-read standalone sections, it looks at the facts we all think we know and examines why we don't know them at all. David Bradley's clear and witty writing examines the science behind the statements to reveal the truth behind many popular myths.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3360 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 177 Seiten
  • Verlag: Elliott & Thompson (8. November 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00A0IXL5S
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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
2.0 von 5 Sternen Research...? 18. Februar 2013
Von brian - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I wish I knew the author would have used something other than snopes.com or Wikipedia as his main source of information. For a book with such a topic, I was expecting an interesting read rather than a book based on popular advice. Too bad, because the topics he chose were enticing enough to purchase the book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Things you thought you knew 21. November 2013
Von N. McGuire - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
This book is best enjoyed a little bit at a time, like a chocolate sampler. David Bradley provides clear, basic explanations of what's really going on with all those old wives' tales, "common sense" explanations that don't fit the facts, and other bits of common knowledge that aren't quite true.
1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read 1. Februar 2013
Von Iain - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Entertaining, funny & interesting. David combines well informed science writing with wit, reality and a good dose of skepticism.

Well worth the read
4 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
1.0 von 5 Sternen What a lazily written book. 20. Mai 2013
Von Den - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
It would've been an interesting idea to have a book like this, but there were so many things wrong with this book I just couldn't get myself to find anything worthwhile about it.

A lot of the questions are so bland:
"Does chlorine sting your eyes?"
"Are bad habits the same as addiction?"
"Are some forms of fire-retardant asbestos safe?"
"Don't apple macs get viruses?"

For other questions the answer is so obvious:
"Do mixing higher and lower case letters with numbers make a good password?"
"Can you travel into another dimension through a black hole?"
"Does your brain shut down when you sleep?"
"Will your mobile phone fry your brain?"
"Will slapping someone destroy 10,000 brain cells?"

Sheesh.

Half of the space given to the 'answer' is just filler explaining the question, even on the most basic ones, such as "Will licking the bowl give you worms?" Here are the first two sentences from the answer to that question, if you're curious (p.20):

"Cake-makers are often inefficient in scooping out all of the sticky mixture of flour sugar, and eggs from the bowl. This gives anyone hanging around the kitchen the chance to dip their finger into the bowl for a sweet and gloopy taster before the washing-up gets done."

Real page-turner, right? He doesn't get to the answer until halfway through. By the way, his source for the answer to that question is themangotimes.com, which, according its own description, is the "Personal website and blog for Andy Fletcher. Dentist, Homeschool Dad, Jimmy Buffett, Mango". I'm not kidding.

Other sources he uses include:
Wikipedia
WebMD
Psychologytoday
Snopes
coffeetea.about.com
blog.sciencegeekgirl.com
everythingyouknowisalie.co.uk
fitnessgoop.com

This is the laziest of lazy writing. The guy basically used ALL internet resources. No journals, no books, no actual experts, no research from anywhere else. Just google. There is no list of references at the end of the book. There is no humor or clever writing to make up for it. I could have written this book in a week. Heck, anyone who knows how to use google could have written this book in a week.

I felt like I was cheated out of my money. I should have just googled the answers, it would have been easier and more concise.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Right! 31. Oktober 2014
Von Suly - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Fascinating, insightful witty; a wonderful, informative read.
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