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Do Sparrows Like Bach?: The Strange and Wonderful Things that Are Discovered When Scientists Break Free

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Science tells us grand things about the universe: how fast light travels, and why stones fall to earth. But
scientific endeavor goes far beyond these obvious foundations. There are some fields we don`t often hear
about because they are so specialized, or turn out to be dead ends. Yet researchers have given hallucinogenic drugs to blind people (seriously), tried to weigh the...more
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Published November 15th 2010 by Pegasus
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Emily Mellow
I love usually love books that combine humor and science, but this book is funny without being very informative. Too many of the ideas were treated glibly, when they deserved more attention & explanation. The format was like a long list of briefly described inventions and ideas, with mocking comments by the author(s).
Mark Smiley
I was hoping for a more in-depth book of science. Instead, I got one paragraph to several pages of explanation on a subject, then was whisked on to another. Snippets of articles from the New Scientist magazine. Enjoyable if you only had five minutes or less to read about a subject, but worthless for any depth.
This book covers some of the bizarre experiments scientists have done -- similar in style to the science that's celebrated in the IgNoble awards. It's to be taken in small doses -- perhaps as a bathroom reading book.
Edward Howles
Mildly interesting science stories edited together with commentary that would make an America's Funniest Home Videos host cringe. Glosses over anything that would allow you to learn.
Rather dry reading, but if you can follow the scientific mumbo jumbo there’s a good chance you might learn something (or be thoroughly grossed out).
I really didn't care for this book. The authors interjected too many jokey comments between each of the articles. Not recommended.
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