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Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science

Written by: Bill Bryson
Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
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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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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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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • Raleigh, NC
  • 2018-07-02

Mixed bag

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

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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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  • Susan
  • 2018-12-03

Interesting!

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