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Publisher's Summary

Sunday Times best-selling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson, teams up with The Science Museum to celebrate the ideas and inventions of the incurably curious. 

Across this five-episode series, Bill Bryson, with the help of The Science Museum's curators, takes us object-by-object through some of the museum's lesser known inventions and discoveries - and the human stories behind them. 

Discover how a teenage inventor, a pig's head, a lump of plywood and a famous British record label made medical history or how some inventions simply happen by accident. This 'museum for your ears' looks at how experimentation, competition, hard work and a desire to change our lives for the better have contributed to the progress of mankind. 

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science to your library, you'll get all 5 episodes, each with a runtime of about 20 minutes.

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Critic Reviews

"Quirky, humorous and mercifully free of jargon." (Financial Times)

"The excitement of the Science Museum's curators is infectious as they share their expertise, bringing the ideas and inventions of the incurably curious to life." (The Guardian)

"Perfect for a weekend train journey." (Buzzfeed)

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Fascinating facts with unexpectedly dull presentation. Which pains me to say because I love Bryson.

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Interesting

I liked this and found it interesting and entertaining. I liked Bill as narrator. Great listen.

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Interesting!

I really enjoyed this series and had no trouble picturing and understanding what they were talking about.

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  • 03-12-18

Good exploration of objects in the Science museum.

Similar in style to Neil MacGregor's History of the world in 100 objects, which examined artefacts in the British museum, this is equally entertaining. Led by the ever listenable Bill Bryson, these examine and explain objects in the Science museum. Shame there are currently only five episodes - more please audible!!

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