How much do we really know about anything? Itís a question which has obsessed philosophers, scientists, and men in pubs for most of human history. Thomas Edison thought we knew less than one millionth of one 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 donít know that much. But, as someone else once said, it isnít what you donít know that does you harm, itís what you know thatís 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. If, like Alan Davies, you still think the Henry VIII had six wives, the earth has only one moon, that George Washington was the first president of the USA, that Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, that the largest living thing is a blue whale, that Alexander Graeme Bell invented the telephone, that whisky and bagpipes come from Scotland or that Mount Everest is the worldís tallest mountain, then there are at least 200 reasons why this is the book for you.
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The indispensable compendium of popular misconceptions, misunderstandings and common mistakes culled from the hit BBC show, QI.About the Author:
John Lloyd has a broadcasting background. As a radio producer he devised The News Quiz and To the Manor Born before moving to television to start Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, and Blackadder. If pressed, he'd concur with Heraclitus: 'abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.'
John Mitchinson is from the world of books. The original Marketing Director of Waterstoneís, he became Managing Director of Cassell, where he published The Beatles, Michael Palin and Brewerís Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Heís with Einstein: 'There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.'
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Descrizione libro Faber & Faber, London, 2006. Gebundene Ausgabe. Condizione libro: Neu. 304 Seiten neu, noch in Schutzfolie, Versand spätestens am nächsten Werktag 239307 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 380. Codice libro della libreria 367841