The Remarkable Lives of Numbers
A Mathematical Compendium from 1 to 200
For those who have never heard of Keith numbers or Euler bricks but think they sound interesting, Derrick Niederman offers an engrossing miscellany to satisfy the ‘intellectually curious’. He sets out the arithmetic, geometry and stories of every number from 1 to 200: the 20-sided icosahedron, we learn, is the structure within many viruses; and 42, apart from being the answer to everything, was how many boxes Lewis Carroll gave the Baker in The Hunting of the Snark.
The Encyclopedia of Misinformation
With entries covering nearly 300 examples of deception, delusion and fakery, this eclectic compendium for the age of Truthiness offers playful analysis of the many contexts in which beliefs and perceptions can be manipulated. These range from politics to video games and from the inscrutable paradoxes of ancient Greek philosophy to the Hitler Diaries, internet hoaxes and our puzzling enthusiasm for tribute bands.
100 Things They Don't Want You to Know
From the Men in Black to the Beast of Bodmin, Daniel Smith presents the evidence relating to some of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries, alleged cover-ups and unexplained natural phenomena. In addition to well-known conspiracy theories about events such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, he investigates less familiar conundrums including apparent examples of prehistoric metalworking and Hitler’s supposed development of ‘flying saucers’. Slightly off-mint.
I Used to Know That
Stuff You Forgot from School
In chapters on English language and literature, maths, science, history and geography, Caroline Taggart’s distillation of the essential stuff that you learned in school, but forgot to remember, is an enjoyable trip back to the land of subordinate clauses and metaphysical poets, quadratic equations, the periodic table and the Wars of the Roses – and no exams.
What Colour is the Sun?
Mind-Bending Science Facts in the Solar System's Brightest Quiz
Brian Clegg’s quiz book-cum-science compendium explores surprising facts about physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology and the history of science. Each of the 100 questions is accompanied by related facts and anecdotes and, on the following page, a fully explained answer.
We Have No Idea
A Guide to the Unknown Universe
Scientists have little idea what dark energy and dark matter are and these mysterious substances make up the vast majority of the universe. With the help of cartoons and infographics, this discussion of the many problems vexing cosmologists describes complex conundrums, such as why the universe has a speed limit or properties of the universe that the Big Bang theory cannot account for, in a lucid and entertaining way. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The History of the World Quiz Book
1,000 Questions and Answers to Test Your Knowledge
From the Stone Age to 1945 in ten historical eras and 1,000 questions, this quiz book covers the major events and prominent people of world history. The questions are not too challenging to tackle after Christmas dinner, although some are trickier than others. Answers at the end of each chapter.
The Third QI Book of General Ignorance
A Quite Interesting Book
What is marmalade made from? Silly me, thinking it was oranges. The QI team dip once more into the bottomless pit of ignorance and confound us with the right answers to questions we thought were settled once and for all. Whether it's history, science, sport, geography, literature, languages, medicine, classics or common wisdom, you'll be astonished to discover how hopelessly wrong you are about the things you thought you knew.
The I Used to Know That Activity Book
Stuff You Forgot From School
Which poet wrote about apes and peacocks? Could you point to Kinshasa on the map of Africa? Can you recite the sine rule? Well, not to worry... Just for fun, this ‘activity book’ from the I Used to Know That series is full of tests on English language and literature, history, geography, maths, science and general studies – all stuff that you once knew. Answers at the back when you get really stuck.
Trivial Events and Trifling Decisions that Changed British History
In 1831, 26-year-old Captain Robert FitzRoy advertised for a companion to join him on a voyage to South America. The ship was the HMS Beagle; the successful applicant the young Charles Darwin; the result of the voyage the theory of natural selection. This entertaining compendium of 40 historical anecdotes, whose topics include science, politics, food and literature, illustrates how seemingly insignificant events can alter the course of history.
Brain of Britain
Ultimate Quiz Book
Starting as What Do You Know? in 1953, and changing its title in 1967, BBC Radio 4's Brain of Britain is probably ‘the most venerable of general knowledge quizzes anywhere’. With this book you can challenge your own brain with 2,000 questions (50 quizzes of 40 questions each) drawn from the programme’s archives. By way of introduction, the current presenter, Russell Davies, has written a history of Brain of Britain and shares his thoughts on ‘this quiz lark’.
The All-New University Challenge Quiz Book
Following the exact format of the venerable BBC2 television quiz (except you won’t have to sit on each other’s heads), this book poses the starters, each with three bonus questions, for 15 matches – altogether, over 2,000 questions. The dilemma will be to Google or not to Google. Off-mint.
How Smart Are You?
Test Your Math IQ
How to improve your number skills: these 50 ten-question quizzes have an IQ-style scoring system that enables you to compare your performance with the average mark. The tests cover decimals and fractions, interest and percentages, means and medians and pose a range of algebraic word problems, interspersed with brief biographies of great mathematicians from Pythagoras to Andrew Wiles, who solved Fermat’s Last Theorem in 1994. American spelling and elastic closure.
The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva
and Other Morsels of Misinformation from the History Books
David Haviland sorts fact from fiction in an entertaining compilation of historical trivia ranging from the Trojan War and Julius Caesar to Kim Jong-Il's record-breaking round of golf. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Any Number of Things You Didn't Know... and Some You Did
Money, music, movies, life on Earth and the human body, sport, science and space – everything, in fact, is governed by numbers. Arranged (numerically of course) in sections on subjects from the here and now of the modern world to infinity, Numeroids presents 1,300 pieces of numerical information. There is something for everyone, whether your interest is in the number of teeth a tortoise has (zero), or the size of the US defence budget (c.$689 billion).