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Hollywood Wants to Kill You by Michael Brooks, Rick Edwards

Hollywood Wants to Kill You

The Peculiar Science of Death in the Movies

Michael Brooks, Rick Edwards

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Imprint: Atlantic Books
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 3 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781786496928

The hilarious new popular science book from the bestselling authors of the Sunday Times Book of the Year Science(ish)

5 stars out of 5
21 Nov 2019

"As with all the best science writing, this book doesn’t just give answers, it also asks interesting questions."

This wonderful book takes the different ways in which movies have inflicted death — viruses, asteroids, robots, climate change and so on — and examines the science behind them. You’ll be relieved to learn that pretty well every ‘threat’ is far more dangerous in the cinema than in real life...

The book’s tangents are delightfully varied. At one point in the chapter on insomnia we’re reading that dolphins put one half of their brain to sleep at a time, so the other half can stay awake and monitor possible dangers. A few pages later we learn about ‘first sleep’ and ‘second sleep’: before the invention of electric light, it was common for people to go to bed at dusk, then wake at midnight to perform tasks (cooking, tending the fire), before returning to sleep until morning. As with all the best science writing, this book doesn’t just give answers, it also asks interesting questions.

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