Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thoughts on Sundem's Brain Trust

Overall: Good compilation of interesting factoids

Braintrust is an entertaining book that essentially provides tons of interesting scientific factoids from many of the world's leading scientists.  Some of the factoids are interesting and some not so much so.  A few that I found particularly neat were:

* How a cat uses angular momentum to flip over when it is in the air.

* How one can sterilize rainwater with ultraviolet light by passing it through a little filter.

* How neuroscientists have determined that act itself of trying to remember a bit of information aids in memory.

* How color blindness provides an evolutionary advantage in seeing in forests .

* How important folic acid is to methylation and how this factors into chemotherapy.

* How Dunbar's number of 150 often forms a limit in social settings.

* How the aerodynamics of insects is really a fundamentally different process from that of planes.

Brain Trust: 93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-Tested Secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-Eating Plants, and More!
By Garth Sundem
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