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The Things that Nobody Knows William Hartston

The Things that Nobody Knows By William Hartston

The Things that Nobody Knows by William Hartston

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The perfect quirky Christmas present for readers of New Scientist and anyone who enjoys QI, The Things that Nobody Knows is a fascinating and unputdownable exploration of the limits of human knowledge of our planet, its history and culture, and the universe beyond.

The Things that Nobody Knows Summary

The Things that Nobody Knows: 501 Mysteries of Life, the Universe and Everything by William Hartston

The forward march of human knowledge has deepened our understanding of the universe and flung wide the floodgates of technological advance: we have established that the world came into being more than 4.5 billion years ago; we have deciphered the Rosetta Stone; travelled to the moon; eliminated smallpox and isolated the 'fat gene'. But in every domain of inquiry there remain a myriad things that we do not know, and which lurk tantalizingly beyond the bounds of our understanding. In The Things that Nobody Knows, William Hartston takes us on a guided tour of 501 gaps in our knowledge of cosmology, mathematics, animal behaviour, medical science, music, art, language and literature. As well as explaining our ignorance of the answers to such questions as 'What is Dark Energy?', 'Is colour a product of the mind?', 'Was there ever a real Pope Joan?' and 'Why are so many male giraffes gay?', he considers the likelihood of light being shed on these mysteries in the future. Both cerebrally satisfying and more-ishly dip-into-able, rigorously researched but also serendipitously playful, The Things that Nobody Knows is the perfect gift book for intellectually inquisitive people of all ages.

The Things that Nobody Knows Reviews

Why are male cats more likely to be left-pawed and female cats right-pawed? It is enormously reassuring to know that somewhere a natural philosopher is trying to find out... slyly witty and pleasingly optimistic. * Guardian *
Hartston charts mankind's attempts to solve these conundra with deep research and his usual deadpan drollery, but the overall effect, as the unsolvables pile up, is oddly comforting. * Spectator *
Discovering the many undiscovered things that one thought had been discovered already is one of the joys of this book... You might have thought that wallowing in ignorance is a tedious and fruitless occupation. As Hartston proves entertainingly, how wrong you would be. -- Christopher Silvester * Daily Express *

About William Hartston

William Hartston is a Cambridge-educated mathematician and industrial psychologist. In his ill-spent youth, he played chess competitively, becoming an international master and winning the British chess championship in 1973 and 1975. He runs a competition in creative thinking for the Mind Sports Olympiad. He writes the off-beat Beachcomber column for the Daily Express, for which he is also the opera critic, and has written a number of books on chess, numbers, humour, useless academic research and trivia.

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The Things that Nobody Knows: 501 Mysteries of Life, the Universe and Everything by William Hartston
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Atlantic Books
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