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… as it was 20 years ago.

The World of Science
The World of Science ISBN 0723543208

While wandering around a local car boot sale this book caught my eye. I quite like the old science and computing books from the 80s and 90s. There’s a certain style to them that doesn’t exist any more. They’re books I used to read from the library or have bought for me at Christmas. Books aimed at children, but books that assume the children reading them aren’t stupid and can cope with complicated words.

I also like the hand drawn images. No computer rendered images in these books. The World of Science is the usual affair telling us all about atoms, space, magnets and gravity. None of it goes into any particular depth, but it’s enough to make an enquiring mind think “that magnetism stuff… what’s it do, where can I get a magnet from? Dad, buy me that science book on magnets please it can be an early birthday present”. Don’t forget, in 1990 there was no Wikipedia so information wasn’t instantly available, it had to be paid for in books. Yes teenagers… books… you didn’t just fire up Google and type “what is magnetism” into the PC; a time when libraries actually contained more books than computers.

The best part of this book is the Tomorrow’s World section at the back where the book’s authors attempt to predict the future. Yes, there’s the assumption we’ll all be in space in little 2001 style pods, flying cars and the like. And like all books of the era, it totally and utterly fails to predict the popularity of computers or mobile phones. I wonder what blindingly obvious things we’re missing right now…

Here’s a two page scan of that section to read. Click it for a bigger image.

The World of Science - Tomorrow's World

You could be seeing flying saucers by this summer…

I think the Internet viewing world is quite aware of what the Large Hadron Collider is, and what is supposed to be happening today when they turned it on. And, despite all the arm waving and supposed violation of the European human rights doodads we’re still walking around and talking.

All yesterday I was asked at school if we were going to get sucked into a black hole, if God was going to come out and do something unpleasant to us, and several people asking what the hell was going on and could they have some free time on the Internet.

Amongst all the Masonic brainwashing science some of us have come up with entirely more implausible reasons for the LHC’s existence… Spark up your crack pipe and watch this loonpot gifted individual, he has all the answers.  I think he might also have been watching the Tom Cruise Scientology video a bit too much too.