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The Mad Science Book: 100 Amazing Experiments from the History of Science

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A compelling and entertaining ramble across the wilder fringes of science. 100 chronologically arranged accounts of bizarre scientific experiments.
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published 2008 by Quercus Publishing Plc (first published 2004)
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Jan Hidders
If like me you are interested in science you will probably already know some of the experiments listed in this book. For example those by Pavlov and Skinner, the webs woven by spiders on drugs, the Stanley Milgram obedience experiments and the prison experiment gone wild by Philip Zimbardo. However, most of the described experiments, especially the more bizarre ones, were new to me, and even for the well known ones the book adds often some interesting new details and extra background ...more
Aug 25, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
Shelves: 50-club, non-fiction
This was a fun book to read based on the fact that I love reading about experiments that people do. It was interesting to read about all the different things that have been done in the past, especially in the 1800's. I found that it wasn't as "exciting", if that's the right word, as it got into the last 50 pages or so because the rules of ethics they started to create due to some of the experiments. That sounds horrible, but you have to admit that freaky stuff if pretty interesting. I also ...more
Apr 11, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it
Ok first off this book is almost impossible to read straight through, it is basically a whole list from ancient times up to 2003 of strange amazing and down right bizarre experiments. there are some very famous ones in there (or I am just reading totally the wrong sort of books) but they are all fascinating although rather heavy on the physiology experiments. Its a fascinatig book which i think really should be dipped in to or referred to more than read from cover to cover.
Wilde Sky
May 11, 2015 Wilde Sky rated it liked it
A series of unusual experiments are described in this book.

Some of the experiments / tests were interesting (these were the more famous ones which have been covered before) but the majority were a bit dull and the writing was dry.
Jun 14, 2009 Eliot rated it liked it
The writing isn't great, but the content is pretty interesting. About half of it was social psychology experiments, but then there were some other good ones like the Soviet guy that made two-headed dogs (one lived for 29 days).
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Oct 21, 2013 Kin Guan rated it really liked it
Finished this book 2nd time - 1st time was probably 10 years ago. Still fascinated by how far scientists were willing to go to nudge a little secret out of nature. Many were in psychology field though, which may not be counted as science...but I digress.
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Born in 1963 in Solothurn (Switzerland), Reto U. Schneider is the deputy editor of NZZ Folio the magazine of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung in Zürich, Switzerland.

An award-winning science journalist, he is a graduate of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich, with a degree in electrical engineering.

He was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and the author of three books.

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