I went to school at 6 at this place called Milbourne Lodge which was a pretty good school for academic results. Now I could decline the Latin verb for going to war at 6 but science at this august institution was slighty different. Many kids got it but many of those without parents from a mathematic or scientific background utterly floundered because we had one of those teachers whose approach to science was to repeat formulae and concepts rote without a single piece of explanation of why they were useful or a plain english explanation of what it meant. Even worse, the master was a grade A shitbag who pulled rank and made life very unpleasant on all these extremely powerful 6-12 year olds. So Mike Reid, Milbourne Lodge school in the 1980's - if you're reading this - go fuck your own arse you inadequate piece of fucking shit.
Anyway, tooling around Canterbury this week (on holiday) I popped into our local book shop to buy a few bits and pieces. The one that caught my eye was Bill Bryson's latest work. Now Bryson's written a number of pieces of travelogue which are extremely popular and entertaining - fair's fair - but I would not have bought another until I noticed the title "Brief History of Nearly Everything".
The long and the short is that on a 'plane ride over the pacific the very experienced (and propably quite wealthy) writer realised he had no idea why seas were salty and some lakes not and then he realised he had naff all idea about science fullstop.
The product after 3 years of serious investigation with many tens of world-leading academics that you can get to co-operate with you when you have Bryson's rep is a total guide to well the brief history of nearly everyting. Even if you've got a decent grounding in all science I find it impossible to believe this book wouldn't be a total delight. For those of us educated by fucktards, it's an absolute revelation. To paraphrase Bryson, here for once and for all is a book about the fundamental facts (so far established) of life, geology, history, chemistry, physics, the world, our solar system and the universe by someone who can write in an engaging way that meets with normal brains. It is brilliantly written and totally engaging.
A really ace book - I suggest you buy it now - tinyurl.com/7gv2o