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Great Mythconceptions: The Science Behind the Myths by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - Review

Updated on June 1, 2015

Great Mythconceptions: The Science Behind Myths is a non-fiction ‘mythbuster’ popular science book by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki that puts the sword through 52 urban legends including:

The book is well written in plain English (without excessive technical jargon), making it easy to understand for those who haven’t had a formal science education, but are curious about the topics.

Beyond separating fact from fallacy the also the book contains some interesting ‘extra’ facts about the phenomenon explained, as well as some humorous black and white illustrations to reinforce the concepts covered.

About the Author

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is a man of science - currently the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney for the School of Physics, he holds degrees in math, biomedical engineering, medicine and surgery, has studied astrophysics, computer science, and philosophy and has worked in a wide variety of jobs - physicist, labourer, roadie, car mechanic, film-maker, hospital scientific officer, biomedical engineer, TV Weatherman, taxi driver and medical doctor to name a few.

He is best known for his work as an author of over 20 books, columnist for The Age on scientific myths, radio presenter on Triple J, ABC radio and BBC in weekly science shows, guest appearances on Channel 7’s Sunrise, co-hosting Sleek Geeks with Adam Spencer on ABC TV.

He has also won an Ig Nobel Prize for his research on belly button fluff, received an award for Australian Father of the Year in 2003 and made a member of the Order of Australia in 2006.


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      Thamisgith 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Sound like a good read. I love that sort of thing.