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ISBN13: 9781848311329
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"Brings together the toughest, most esoteric examples of the genre and . . . sketches out winning responses to each."—Daily Telegraph

Is nature natural? What books are bad for you? What percentage of the world's water is contained in a cow? Deftly exploring the twisting paths your mind can take when really made to think, John Farndon provides a sparkling tour de force through lateral thinking from philosophy to physics and literature to logarithms.

John Farndon is a best-selling author and Cambridge graduate.

Libby Purves, OBE, is a BBC radio presenter, Times journalist, novelist, and Oxford graduate.


Sixty mind-bending questions and answers, covering everything from science to art to philosophy.

About the Author

John Farndon: John Farndon is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge, and the highly successful author of numerous books.

Libby Purves: Libby Purves OBE is a graduate of St. Anne's College, Oxford, and a radio presenter, journalist, and novelist.

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egogrif, January 16, 2011 (view all comments by egogrif)
This book offers more than amusing questions and unexpected, well-rounded answers. (Example: "If you're not in California, how do you know it exists?" is answered by reverting to Plato's three ways of knowing.) It inspires new ways of thinking in the reader. Before reading this book I would have answered these questions quickly without much thought, but afterwards I learned to really think about the question at hand, examine each component (such as, "What does it mean to exist?"), and take the time to consider alternative answers. It also taught me that sometimes the best answer is not simply yes or no, but the one that explores every side of the issue carefully, leaving open the possibility that sometimes the answer is in fact "yes and no." Besides that, the answers in the book are also full of fascinating bits of poetry and trivia!
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Farndon, John
Totem Books
Introduction by:
Purves, Libby
Purves, Libby
Purves, Libby
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