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If you love science facts, Richard Muller's cheeky illustrated book, The Instant Physicist, might be for you.
Richard Muller, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, thinks science can be fun.
It's not surprising, then, that his book, The Instant Physicist, was inspired by the raw nature of Ripley's Believe it or Not.
Whether you are a world leader or just a voting citizen, you’ll improve your judgment by knowing some key facts and numbers. And what better way to learn them than through humor?
Like the fact that alcohol is required by law to be radioactive – it’s something so memorable that you never forget it.
His book includes plenty more bet-you-didn't-know-it's-true facts, such as:
- You really can get your clothes whiter than white.
- Earth is traveling through space at a million miles per hour. (Hang on!)
Source: Robert Sanders via Richard Muller. The illustration is from Muller's book, "The Instant Physicist: An Illustrated Guide." (W.W. Norton & Company.)
Jan 27, 2011
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms tests alcoholic beverages for radioactivity and actually rejects any alcohol that doesn?t emit radiation, deeming it ?unfit.? The reason is that any alcohol with zero radioactivity must?ve come from very old carbon, which usually means the alcohol has been manufactured from fossil fuels Read more: http://blogcritics.org/tastes/article/q-can-we-drink-radioactive-alcohol/#ixzz1CMvExvgP
I just tested a bottle full of cherry liquor with a Geiger counter. It wasn't radioactive. Which country's law requires it to be radioactive, and is it only liquor made in that country? Why does it have to be radioactive? Can I sue the legislators if I get cancer from drinking that countrys alkohol? As for comparing Botox to plutonium is like compairing trees to bicycles, they are dangerous in different ways. I have read other such books too where some of the "facts" are clearly made up. Like the book "1001 Shocking Science Facts" in which many of the claims are wrong, including the name of the book: there are actually only about 700 facts, the rest are same things told in a different way. Also, I know of two professors who sometimes say whatever their mouth lets out, so being a professor doesn't mean being always right. This is especially true in germany where commercial ads often include some professor, doctor or other to add "credibility".
Math fact: "1000 times less" does not mean "1/1000th of". You would think that professor Muller would know better than to use that kind of language.
It is always a good idea to relate one known fact to an unknown fact. i will always remember now that Botox is dangerous because of this plutotonium comparison.