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Boffinology: The Real Stories Behind Our Greatest Scientific Discoveries

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Eureka! Discover the real stories behind the history of science
Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by John Murray Publishers
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Ghada
Jan 18, 2011 Ghada rated it really liked it
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An interesting book, with an interesting title!

Justin Pollard is a well known historian and writer. He also consults on movies to verify the historical accuracy of scenes and details presented in them. For example, he worked on “Alice in Wonderland”, “Elizabeth” and “Atonement”. Although he has written many books about history -specifically about events not commonly known- this was the first book of his that I have read.
The title instantly drew me (with the alluring key words being: Real Storie
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Lee Penney
Apr 15, 2012 Lee Penney rated it liked it
I'm a fan of the series QI and Pollard works on the show, you can see the similarities in the book, where interesting facts have been trawled from history and presented in a series of bite-sized chunks. I've been slowly working my way through one of Pollard's other books: The Interesting Bits: The History You Might Have Missed, which is very similar, but focuses on more general history.

Boffinology focuses on 'the real stories behind our greatest scientific discoveries.' I love books about scienc
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Mar Dixon
Sep 20, 2010 Mar Dixon rated it it was amazing
Ever since Justin Pollard mentioned that his newest book was going to be based on science discoveries, I knew it was going to brilliant and I wasn't wrong.

In Pollard-esque style, the book is filled with fascinating tales and stories behind what really happened in the science world and what really happened behind some of our most popular inventions.

Boffinology is filled with hidden gems of factual information that is both interesting and helpful in the understanding of how things work and why we
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Rhona Crawford
Apr 01, 2016 Rhona Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book - both entertaining and informative. Towards the end I started to lose focus, but I just think that I am scienced-out at this point: time for a good, old-fashioned novel!
Wilde Sky
Nov 05, 2015 Wilde Sky rated it liked it
This book contains a collection of pieces about some scientific discoveries and scientists.

Interesting in places but the writing was very flat / dry.
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Justin Pollard was born in Hertfordshire and educated at St. Albans School and Downing College, Cambridge where he was president of the Poohsticks Society.

Since then he has written nine books, a few articles for magazines like History Today, BBC History Magazine and the Idler and he is currently one of the writers of the BBC panel show QI.

He is one of the founders of Unbound - http://www.unbound.
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