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Description - Constable Colgan's Connectoscope by Stevyn Colgan

For many years we've known about Six Degrees of Separation: the idea that every person on the planet can be linked by a chain of just six individuals. Now, former Scotland Yard criminal intelligence officer Stevyn Colgan has designed a paper-based wireless device to do the same thing with facts - a kind of Six Degrees of Information. Called the Connectoscope, it contains 32 'Investigations' that find a way of linking three apparently unconnected things, like Elvis, fingerprints and leprosy. Or dolphins, Dutch courage and the White Cliffs of Dover. Over the course of these journeys, the reader will learn what humans taste like to robots, how a tree became the New York Stock Exchange, why Bob the Builder has more fingers In Japan than in the UK, who the patron saint of medical records is, how to make Superman gay and why the internet weighs the same as a large strawberry. Colgan sets out to prove that everything and anything can be connected if you look hard enough. As this dizzyingly fact-filled book shows, the fun lies in figuring out how. - Sir Bruce Forsyth was born before Anne Frank. - Opening credits for The Sweeney were made by one of the Dambusters aircrew. - 84% of people think they have more friends than they do. - A third of all marsupial species live in Central and South America. - In Ecuador in 1967, a brand of foot powder was elected mayor. - The most complex word in English language is 'set'. It has 194 different uses. - Evidence suggests that it may rain diamonds on the planets Uranus and Neptune. - Hitler really did only have one ball.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781908717832
ISBN-10: 1908717831
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 135mm x 17mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Unbound
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stevyn Colgan

Stevyn Colgan joined the police after a drunken bet with his father (also a policeman) on his 18th birthday that he couldn't stay in the force for 6 months. He stayed 30 years. He currently works as a writer on the popular BBC TV series QI and its sister show, The Museum of Curiosity, for BBC Radio 4. He's written briefing notes for two prime ministers, TV scripts for Gerry Anderson and Doctor Who, helped build dinosaur skeletons for the Natural History Museum and movie monsters for Bruce Willis to shoot at. He's also been set on fire twice, been kissed by Princess Diana once, and Freddie Mercury once wore his helmet. He is a creative consultant for Left/Field London, a visiting lecturer at a number of UK universities, and has given hundreds of talks across the UK and USA. He was a judge for the 2014 Transmission Awards for the Communication of Ideas. He stops inordinately frequently for tea.

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