mental floss presents Condensed Knowledge: A Deliciously Irreverent Guide to Feeling Smart Again

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Harper Collins, Apr 27, 2004 - Reference - 352 pages
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Loaded with meaty trivia and tasty, bite-sized facts!

mental_floss is proud to offer a delicious, hearty helping of brain-food that's sure to fire up your neurons and tantalize your synapses. Condensed Knowledge is a mouthwatering mix of intriguing facts, lucid explanations, and mind-blowing theories that will satisfy even the hungriest mind!

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5 tiny nations that get no respect • 4 civilizations nobody remembers • 5 classics written under the influence • 4 things your boss has in common with slime mold • 3 schools of thought that will impress the opposite sex • 4 things Einstein got wrong • 5 classical tunes you know from the movies • 3 famous studies that would be illegal today • 2 religious mysteries solved by chemistry • 5 scandals that rocked art, and much more ...

 

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User Review  - jo27 - Overstock.com

If you love trivia welcome to Mental Floss! Hugely entertaining! Great information delivered with great humor and care. I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys reading. Read full review

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User Review  - woodge - LibraryThing

This compendium of factoids is a fun read but probably not something you'd read all at once. It's kind of like a bathroom reader (not that I'm doing that). And in fact, I did read this in several ... Read full review

Contents

Condensed_Biology
25
Condensed_Chemistry
45
Condensed_Economics
67
Condensed_General Science
89
87
115
Condensed_History
131
Condensed_Literature
153
Condensed_Music
175
Condensed_Performing Arts
197
Condensed_Philosophy
219
Condensed_Physics
241
Condensed_Pop Culture
261
Condensed_Psychology
283
Condensed_Religion
305
Contributors
325
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Page xiv - To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
Page 221 - This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
Page 293 - I can still recall vividly how Freud said to me, "My dear Jung, promise me never to abandon the sexual theory. That is the most essential thing of all. You see, we must make a dogma of it, an unshakable bulwark.
Page 221 - There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.
Page 313 - Hades, and all those whose names are not found written in the book of life are thrown into the lake of fire.

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