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The Further Inventions of Daedalus: A Compendium of Plausible Schemes
     

The Further Inventions of Daedalus: A Compendium of Plausible Schemes

by David Jones
 

One of the longest-running jokes on the scientific scene, the "Daedalus" column began in New Scientist in the mid-1960s and transferred to Nature in the 1980s. Each week it offers a new scheme to challenge accepted notions of scientific principles, schemes that are neither feasible nor completely absurd. Always entertaining, the Daedalus schemes often

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One of the longest-running jokes on the scientific scene, the "Daedalus" column began in New Scientist in the mid-1960s and transferred to Nature in the 1980s. Each week it offers a new scheme to challenge accepted notions of scientific principles, schemes that are neither feasible nor completely absurd. Always entertaining, the Daedalus schemes often have a serious purpose and raise crucial questions about science (sample title: "A Womb with a View, or At Least a Phone").

This delightful book compiles roughly one hundred of David Jones's popular columns, each of which exhibits a keen and approachable mixture of entertaining and thought-provoking material. Like the collection of articles that came before it, this work will appeal to a broad audience of the scientifically curious.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198504696
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/16/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

David Jones is an independent science consultant to industry and the media, providing—among other things—ideas, brainstorming services, and scientific demonstrations for television. He now and again conducts research into physical chemistry as a guest member of the staff at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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