Why can't you light a candle in a spaceship? What books are bad for you? Is nature natural? This work takes the reader through philosophy to physics, literature to logarithms considering why the pole vaulting world record will never exceed 6.5m, whether there are too many people in the world, how to reduce crime through architecture, and more.
John Farndon graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge with a degree in English Literature. Libby Purves OBE is a radio presenter, journalist and author. Best known for presenting BBC Radio Four's Midweek, she also writes regularly for The Times and has published twelve novels. She is a graduate of St Anne's College, Oxford, with a First in English Language and Literature.
The book itself is an enormous contribution to knowledge and so
interspersed with compelling narratives [...] that it should shoot
to the top of any Oxonion Christmas Book List. -- Richard Lofthouse
* Oxford Today *
[This makes it] a great gift book [...] and it will certainly be one I'll be giving to a few people. -- Brian Clegg * Now Appearing blog *