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Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science

Written by: Bill Bryson
Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
Categories: Science & Math, Physics
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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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. 

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What the critics say

"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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Bits and pieces from the London Museum of Science

one of the things that is always fascinated me of a big museums is what don't we get to see, and what stories don't we get to hear about. this behind-the-scenes look at curators favourite items makes me want to go back.

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  • Emily Lewis
  • 2019-03-02

Great narration

Interesting stories but would be better with pictures. Sometimes it is hard to imagine what is being described. But the storyteller keeps your interest.

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  • Ben
  • 2019-02-05

Almost great

Very informative, engaging. But ruined by abysmal editing. This “audio tour” touches on unique history on pop medical solutions.

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  • STACEY
  • 2018-12-09

Interesting

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

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 2018-07-02

Mixed bag

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-01

More please

This series of shows is Interesting and entertaining. Keep them coming. You make them, I will listen and learn. Thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-26

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simple short to the point. I wanted to see the London museum of science after hearing this.

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  • B. Ratskoff
  • 2019-05-01

Bill Bryson, his views, the priceless voice.

awesome! favorite author of mine is continuing to enlighten us with science and technogy. Bill should also narrate a full book or extrapolate on some Isasc Asimov topics.

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  • RC
  • 2019-04-28

Good subjects but hate the editing style

Great subjects but the style of presentation is distracting. The odd editing style was distracting.

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  • Susan
  • 2018-12-03

Interesting!

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

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  • Joseph Oh
  • 2019-08-20

Boring

Sorry, I just could not become at all interested in the topics they were covering. Even as a scientist and physician, I could not sustain any interest in this audible series.

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