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A fascinating exploration of the limits of human knowledge of our planet, its history and culture, and the universe beyond, from the author of The Things that Nobody Knows
There are many, many more things that nobody knows. Do animals have a sense of humor? Why do we have five fingers? How long can humans live? What did Jesus do in his youth? Which speech did Lincoln deliver at Gettysburg? Does the appendix have any use? Is there an odd perfect number? In this witty and enlightening follow-up to The Things that Nobody Knows, William Hartston takes us on a guided tour of 501 further gaps in our knowledge of cosmology, mathematics, animal behavior, medical science, music, art, and literature.
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William Hartston is a mathematician, industrial psychologist, and twice winner of the English chess championship. He runs competitions in creative thinking for the Independent and is the author of The Encyclopedia of Useless Information.Review:
"A delightful collection for trivia buffs and browsers." —Booklist on The Things that Nobody Knows
"Each mystery is delightfully penned in bite-sized chunks that often includes humorous repertoire . . . highly enjoyable . . . captivating and inspiring." —New Scientist
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