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Les mésaventuriers de la science

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Rester collé à un crocodile, avaler accidentellement un fossile, ou voir la lave faire fondre ses chaussures...

De vraies anecdotes illustrées des témoignages de scientifiques travaillant sur tous les continents, de la jungle colombienne aux glaces de l’Antarctique.

Biologistes, archéologues, entomologistes, volcanologues... chacun témoigne de son travail sur le terrain au quotidien !

80 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 2017

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Jim Jourdane

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306 reviews53 followers
September 10, 2017
Was lucky enough to be apart of the Kickstarter for the book.


Great book about failings of scientists while they try to learn more about the animals or environments they are studying.
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374 reviews
December 20, 2018
Charming and nicely illustrated. Scratch the surface of any field person and you'll find at least one horrifying/hilarious fieldwork story. Nice little glimpses into other people's work lives too.
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185 reviews10 followers
September 9, 2017
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.
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Author 1 book3 followers
September 11, 2017
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!
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146 reviews4 followers
May 22, 2020
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.
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246 reviews8 followers
July 13, 2022
Fun, hilarious, and informative! I was already interested in fieldwork but this made it very real. Absolutely love the artwork and wish there were more stories!
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Author 1 book26 followers
December 29, 2017
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!
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28 reviews1 follower
September 12, 2022
As a scientist, I can relate to these beautifully illustrated "epic fail" stories that not many people kkow
Profile Image for Michael.
128 reviews9 followers
November 7, 2017
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.
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Author 4 books6 followers
October 12, 2017
I'm the editor of this book so of course I'm biased. But I only became the editor because I so loved the concept and Jim's illustrations!
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726 reviews35 followers
May 31, 2018
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.
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106 reviews2 followers
April 25, 2019
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.
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142 reviews4 followers
September 30, 2021
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.
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329 reviews
October 1, 2017
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.
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205 reviews4 followers
December 8, 2017
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!
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20 reviews
December 31, 2017
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.
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39 reviews3 followers
June 6, 2018
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!
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135 reviews
October 17, 2017
A fun look at what all is entailed in fieldwork, what goes wrong, and information about the people and the work they do. A lot of good fun. (And I'm glad people can laugh at themselves!)
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130 reviews
November 27, 2017
Told in 25 illustrated vignettes, this book is a great tour of the messy side of being a scientist. I loved it, and hope Jim writes and draws another volume!
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419 reviews
January 8, 2018
Very funny and informative. My only wish was for it to be longer.
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