I encountered this book through its Kickstarter project. The concept and the sample vignettes looked quite incredible and interesting, so I backed the project. I received the book (plus a few additional items for backing at a higher level) and was quite pleased by the final product and what it had become.
The book contains twenty-five short vignettes of "fieldwork fails" of individual scientists working out in the field. Some of these "fails" are minor annoyances, but a few could have been life-threatening. There is humor and comedy after the fact, and that is what the book captures. It is a little bit picture book, a bit of "manga" feel, all with a light-hearted educational look at what science fieldwork looks like, a sample of what these scientists do, and some of the cultural and conservation challenges they face.
I think the book appeals to all ages. It can be enjoyed regardless of one's own experience and relationship with science. The majority of the vignettes are in the fields of zoological and biological but there is also archaeology and paleontology. The artwork is vivid and descriptive, and the text informative and catchy.
The book ends with a list of the scientist contributors and for most of them, their Twitter handles. And don't miss the #fieldworkfail hashtag where more stories can be found in realtime.
Even without the role I played in it, I couldn't give this wonderful book anything but a hard 5*. Really! I'm only 5% biased! (Ok, 7%)
Jim Jourdane's illustrations perfectly convey the scientists' anecdotes, boiled down to a single vignette without losing any of their depth or context. The layout is brilliant - you get a relatable laugh out of the short fail on one page, and on the next, your peaked curiosity is quenched by a visual yet very informative first-hand account of how the fail came to be, and why. Suitable for all ages, and I certainly learned a lot!
A quick read that's lovely to look at. I bought the digital version but if you had an office or a lab, a bound version would be fun to leave there so lots of people could enjoy it. Probably a great conversation starter!
Also - there are a lot of scientists for whom "ants in your pants" is either unbearably hilarious or the least funny phrase ever.
Un libro muy divertido, lleno de anécdotas y datos científicos interesantes, y con unas ilustraciones realmente geniales. Me ha gustado mucho la estructura del libro, lo hace muy ameno e ideal para releer tus historias favoritas.
¡Deseando que se publique un Desventuras de la ciencia 2!
It’s like a kids illustrated book. With SCIENCE! Fieldwork Fails tells scientists stories about times when nature finds a way... to be a pain or just downright humiliating. With some background on the fields in question this is a good source for kids and young adults to learn about what scientists do and what can happen in the real world.
An excellent and funny book about the various ways scientists fail in their endeavours while collecting or observing things in the field. The idea for the book started as a hashtag on twitter which then became a Kickstarter project which I was happy to back.
The general public might have the view that scientists are emotionless robots that collect data out in the field. As the book shows, scientists in the field are only human and tend to do silly things like gluing themselves to dangerous animals or standing on an ant's nest while making observations.
Yet the book is more than just a catalogue of silly things done. After laughing over a fieldwork fail, you then get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of just what the scientist was hoping to do. This lets you appreciate the kind of work being done by scientists in the hopes of understanding more about the natural world.
A very entertaining book, good for laughs and for educating the public about the kind of work scientists do in the field.
Adorei o livro. As ilustrações são ótimas e engraçadas e as histórias mostram que a ciência é uma prática, algo construído em relação com o mundo (com consequências para o cientista, para o conhecimento e para o mundo). Muito melhor aprender ciência assim do que como um catálogo a ser decorado como em muitas escolas.
Eu apenas gostaria que as histórias fossem um pouco mais desenvolvidas. Em uma ou outra o final ficou para a imaginação. Em outras a ilustração fugia bastante do incidente (apesar de engraçada).
Seria ótimo se esse livro entrasse para o currículo das escolas e gerasse grandes risadas e uma boa entrada para aprofundar conhecimentos.
Lo amé. Es un libro que se lee muy rápido, con ilustraciones geniales, bastante divertido y con anécdotas súper interesantes. Tiene tantos datos que más de una vez me metí a Google a investigar más sobre ciertas especies que aparecían. Este es uno de los libros que vale la pena tener y leerle a los más pequeños, nos acerca un poco al mundo tan lejano para algunos que es la ciencia.
Beautifully illustrated vignettes about things going hilariously wrong in the field. As with many anthologies, the writing is uneven. Some vignettes explain what happened and how the scientist recovered from it, and others outline the research practices in that particular field.
This is such a beautiful book, showing the not always beautiful side of doing scientific work. Nature doesn’t always cooperate, and sometimes we’re just destined to have a bad day. The author has worked with several scientists to really grasp the ins and outs of how science actually happens!
I was part of the Kickstarter for this book and I really like it. The illustrations and stories are really good, and I can really see plenty more #fieldworkfail books being made, there’s just so much that can go wrong in the field! Great science book for kids too, it would make a great gift.
This is one of the most amazing things I've ever had the pleasure of reading. While it shares some hilarious "Fieldwork Fails" it also explains the research the scientists were doing. Really wonderfully done!