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Rutherford and Fry’s Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything (Abridged)
  • Published: 1 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473571501
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Rutherford and Fry’s Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything (Abridged)



The presenters of BBC Radio 4's flagship show, The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry, set about explaining why the world is as it is, and celebrate how we know what we know (even while we get so much wrong).

In Rutherford and Fry's comprehensive guidebook, they tell the complete story of the universe and absolutely everything in it - skipping over some of the boring parts. This is a celebration of the weirdness of the cosmos, the strangeness of humans and the fact that amid all the mess, we can somehow make sense of life.Our brains have evolved to tell us all sorts of things that feel intuitively right but just aren't true: the world looks flat, the stars seem fixed in the heavenly firmament, a day is 24 hours. This book is crammed full of tales of how stuff really works. With the power of science, Rutherford and Fry show us how to bypass our monkey-brains, taking us on a journey from the origin of time and space, via planets, galaxies, evolution, the dinosaurs, all the way into our minds, and wrestling with some truly head-scratching questions that only science can answer:What is time, and where does it come from? Why are animals the size and shape they are?What is a thought?How horoscopes work (Spoiler: they don't, but you think they do)Does my dog love me?Why nothing is truly roundDo you need your eyes to see?

  • Published: 1 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473571501
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the authors

Hannah Fry

Hannah Fry is an Associate Professor in the mathematics of cities from University College London. In her day job she uses mathematical models to study patterns in human behaviour, and has worked with governments, police forces, health analysts and supermarkets. Her TED talks have amassed millions of views and she has fronted television documentaries for the BBC and PBS; she also hosts the long-running science podcast, ‘The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry’ with the BBC.

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