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Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science

Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Science
4.5 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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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. 

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Critic Reviews

"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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Love it!

This is a fun and really interesting series. I love museums and learning how things work and were developed so this series is perfect. Coupled with Bill Brysons soft tones and delightful accent it is a real pleasure to listen to.

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Insights into the science behind everyday life in a compact and convenient format. Great little stories.

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Bill Bryson makes difficult subjects easier to understand. He , and his guests speak very clearly

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Interesting but brief

Bill has a knack for making almost everything interesting. This foray into the unique historical scientific trinkets of the London science museum is no different though it is short. I prefer his other works as it is usually structured in a solid timeline which puts things into a clearer perspective.

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Fascinating!

Without being able to actually see the instruments spoken about, the description and the explanation of their uses and their contribution to today's technologies is just so interesting and amazing. A very interesting listen.

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Appliance of Science is the most comprehensive overview regarding the history and in-depth discussion of events & activity pertaining to the foundation and development of scientific epiphanies related to the foundation of the Scientific method

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Interesting.

worth a listen, free and educational and Bill Bryson, win win . what have you got to lose.

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  • Emily Lewis
  • 02-03-2019

Great narration

Interesting stories but would be better with pictures. Sometimes it is hard to imagine what is being described. But the storyteller keeps your interest.

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  • Ben
  • 05-02-2019

Almost great

Very informative, engaging. But ruined by abysmal editing. This “audio tour” touches on unique history on pop medical solutions.

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 02-07-2018

Mixed bag

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

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  • David
  • 04-11-2019

Fascinating, compelling and informative.

I love the sciences and to have access to such a well produced audiobook has made me very greatful for all the work that is involved.

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  • Robinb
  • 29-10-2019

More, More MORE!!

Love Bill Bryson and really love this podcast format. Informative and engaging. Please give us more!

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  • STACEY
  • 09-12-2018

Interesting

I liked this and found it interesting and entertaining. I liked Bill as narrator. Great listen.

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  • Beth
  • 11-11-2019

Genuinely educational, enlightening, WoW!

excellent, saavy, executive director of the subject matter entirely different from the others completely, brilliantly, well read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-2019

Overall A Good Series

Overall this is a nice little series. I did expect it to peak my interest more than it did, I think some episodes felt rushed. With that said I quite enjoyed the medical installment and the quality of production.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-2019

More please

This series of shows is Interesting and entertaining. Keep them coming. You make them, I will listen and learn. Thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-2019

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simple short to the point. I wanted to see the London museum of science after hearing this.

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  • Heisenberg
  • 12-03-2018

Good exploration of objects in the Science museum.

Similar in style to Neil MacGregor's History of the world in 100 objects, which examined artefacts in the British museum, this is equally entertaining. Led by the ever listenable Bill Bryson, these examine and explain objects in the Science museum. Shame there are currently only five episodes - more please audible!!

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  • Make inu
  • 19-10-2019

Very interesting

Not much more to say than the title sorry, so sprouts, potatoes, carrots to fill the requiremt

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  • Justin
  • 23-09-2019

Interesting story, well presented

Enjoyed the insight and the conversational presentation of each chapter. All are worth a listen.

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  • J. D. Barnell
  • 26-08-2019

Why so Happy?

Top subjects and Top albeit brief biographies somewhat diminished by overly jaunty multi narrator quick edit delivery. Love Museums - should be longer...

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  • Paul Cornell
  • 16-04-2019

Great series

Really enjoyed it hopefully we will get more in the future fingers crossed for that

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-2019

Enjoyable nuggets of science discovery

I'm enjoying the human stories and nuggets of information about scientific discoveries curated by the science museum in London and Bill Bryson, delivered by Bill Bryson in his unmistakable and brilliant story telling style!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-2019

excellent , enjoyable and informative episodes.

really enjoyable series, well informed participants given the opportunity to discuss their particular favourite items.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-03-2019

I'd research anything said here before repeating

Clearly has a pocket full of the Queens shillings , do your research silly Bill .

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