The Further Inventions of Daedalus

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Science - 210 pages
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One of the longest-running jokes on the scientific scene, the "Daedalus" column began in New Scientist in the mid-1960s and transferred to Nature in the 1980s. Each week it offers a new scheme to challenge accepted notions of scientific principles, schemes that are neither feasible nor completely absurd. Always entertaining, the Daedalus schemes often have a serious purpose and raise crucial questions about science (sample title: "A Womb with a View, or At Least a Phone").

This delightful book compiles roughly one hundred of David Jones's popular columns, each of which exhibits a keen and approachable mixture of entertaining and thought-provoking material. Like the collection of articles that came before it, this work will appeal to a broad audience of the scientifically curious.

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Dr David Jones has been writing the weekly 'Daedalus' column since the mid-sixties, first for New Scientist and now, for the last 10 years, for Nature. He is an independent science consultant to industry and the media, providing-among other things-ideas, brainstorming services, and scientific demonstrations for television. In his spare time, when he has any, he conducts research into physical chemistry as a guest member of the staff at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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