The Science Magpie

A Miscellany of Paradoxes, Explications, Lists, Lives and Ephemera from the Wonderful World of Science

Author: Simon Flynn

Publisher: Icon Books

ISBN:

Category: Science

Page: 288

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From the Large Hadron Collider rap to the sins of Isaac Newton, The Science Magpie is a compelling collection of scientific curiosities. Expand your knowledge as you view the history of the Earth on the face of a clock, tremble at the power of the Richter scale and learn how to measure the speed of light in your kitchen. Skip through time with Darwin’s note on the pros and cons of marriage, take part in an 1858 Cambridge exam, meet the African schoolboy with a scientific puzzle named after him and much more.

A Charm of Magpies

An ebook bundle of The Science Magpie, The Antiques Magpie and The Nature Magpie

Author: Simon Flynn

Publisher: Icon Books

ISBN:

Category: Reference

Page: 736

View: 872

The Science Magpie is Simon Flynn’s bestselling collection of enthralling facts, stories, poems and more from science’s history, from the Large Hadron Collider rap to the sins of Isaac Newton. With Antiques Roadshow regular Marc Allum as your guide, go in search of stolen masterpieces, explore the first museums, learn the secrets of the forgers and brush up on your auction technique with The Antiques Magpie. And with acclaimed nature writer Daniel Allen, join naturalists, novelists and poets as they explore the most isolated parts of the planet and discover which plants can be used to predict the weather in The Nature Magpie.

The Kitchen Magpie

A delicious melange of culinary curiosities, fascinating facts, amazing anecdotes and expert tips for the food-lover

Author: James Steen

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN:

Category: Cooking

Page: 288

View: 230

Join award-winning writer James Steen for a feast of food and drink facts and culinary curiosities. Delving into forgotten corners of gastronomic history, Steen reveals what Parmesan has to do with broken bones and why John Wayne kept a cow in a hotel. Laying bare the secrets of the kitchen, he concocts the ultimate hangover cure and explains how to cook perfect rib of beef with the oven off. With much-loved cooks including Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood sharing passion and know-how, this mouth-watering miscellany will sate the appetite of every kitchen dweller, from the masterful expert to the earnest apprentice.

The Nature Magpie

A Cornucopia of Facts, Anecdotes, Folklore and Literature from the Natural World

Author: Daniel Allen

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN:

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 924

A collection of anecdotes, facts, figures, folklore and literature, The Nature Magpie is a veritable treasure trove of humanity’s thoughts and feelings about nature. With acclaimed nature writer Daniel Allen as your guide, join naturalists, novelists and poets as they explore the most isolated parts of the planet, choose your side – pineapple or durian – in the great 'king of fruits' debate and discover which plants can be used to predict the weather. Meet the roadkill connoisseurs, learn to dance the Hippopotamus Polka, find out the likelihood of sharing your name with a hurricane – and much more.

The Classics Magpie

From chariot-racing hooligans to debauched dinner parties - a miscellany that shakes the dust off the ancient world

Author: Jane Hood

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 420

Who first thought of atoms? How much can you learn about archaeology from an oil lamp? Who came up with the theory of the ‘wandering womb’? Oxford Classicist Jane Hood delves into the history, culture, literature, mythology and philosophy of ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, using her expert eye to unearth unexpected gems, glittering fragments and quotable nuggets from a lost world. From ancient cosmetics to the earliest known computer, from the deciphering of ancient languages to the amazing things the Romans did with concrete, this is the essential miscellany for all curious minds, whether you learned the Classics at school or not.

The Antiques Magpie

A compendium of absorbing history, stories and facts from the world of antiques

Author: Marc Allum

Publisher: Icon Books Ltd

ISBN:

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 224

View: 545

From the mythical artefacts of the ancient world to saucy seaside postcards, The Antiques Magpie explores the wonderful world of antiques and collectables. With Antiques Roadshow regular Marc Allum as your guide, go in search of stolen masterpieces, explore the first museums, learn the secrets of the forgers and brush up on your auction technique. Meet the garden gnome insured for £1 million, track down Napoleon’s toothbrush, find out how to spot a corpse in a Victorian photograph – and much more. This book is for anyone who’s ever been fascinated by what relics of the past tell us about history – and what they are worth today.

Magpie

Author: Sophie Draper

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 385

The dark, twisty new domestic suspense from the author of Cuckoo