The Book of General Ignorance

The Book of General Ignorance

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How much do we really know about anything? It's a question that has obsessed philosophers, scientists, and men in pubs for most of human history. Thomas Edison thought we knew less than one millionth of a percent about anything; Mark Twain thought it would take eight million years to master mathematics alone; Ambrose Bierce believed knowledge was just the small bit of ignorance we arrange and classify. So, we don't know that much. But, as someone else once said, it isn't what you don't know that does you harm, it's what you know that's wrong. Enter The Book of General Ignorance, a book that sets out, calmly and humbly, to show you that a lot of what you think you know is wrong, incorrect, piffle, nonsense.
Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2006.
ISBN: 9780571233687
0571233686
Branch Call Number: 031.02 L793a
Characteristics: xviii, 282 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mitchinson, John 1963-

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SPPL_János Mar 15, 2018

I devoured books about common misconceptions in my youth, so it's interesting to see one that is not only new, but debunks many previous debunking efforts. According to this book, goldfish have decent memories, glass is actually a solid, and water really is a faint shade of blue. However very few sources are credited, and most of the entries verge off into other trivia rather than backing up their revelations, leading astute readers to wonder whether this book is any more accurate than all the other trivia books.

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DKAISERSHOT
Jan 21, 2015

This is way to cumbersome for just renewing a book. It should have a select button or something to know you have completed the task.

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