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Why Don't Spiders Stick to Their Webs - Robert Matthews ***
Posted on 16/10/2014
An enjoyable selection of scientific FAQs from Matthews' long-running column in the Sunday Telegraph. Some fun and surprising facts. The only problem is the book is a little dated, assuming, for instance, that TVs are cathode ray tubes.
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The Edge of the Sky - Roberto Trotta ****
Posted on 10/10/2014
Quite simply the most unusual popular science book we have ever seen. Puts across cosmology using only the 1,000 most frequently used words in the English language. There's lots that is wrong with this - and yet we loved its poetic feel and came away thinking it was a triumph.
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How to Predict the Unpredictable - William Poundstone ****
Posted on 13/10/2014
A fascinating study of the way that our very human inability to handle randomness means that it is often possible to predict something that is supposedly random because it will have had human intervention. Covering everything from multiple choice tests to the lottery and the stock market, a really interesting mix of maths and psychology, with a spot of business thrown in.


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