The Things that Nobody Knows

William Hartston

RRP: £9.99

1 November 2012

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857896223

RRP: £3.99

1 October 2011

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857897169


Why are so many giraffes gay?
Has human evolution stopped?
Where did our alphabet come from?
Can robots become self-aware?
Can lobsters recognize other lobsters by sight?
What goes on inside a black hole?
Are cell phones bad for us?
Why can’t we remember anything from our earliest years?

Full of the mysteries of life, the universe and everything, The Things that Nobody Knows is a fascinating and unputdownable exploration of the limits of human knowledge of our planet, its history and culture, and the universe beyond.


Each mystery is delightfully penned in bite-sized chunks that often includes humorous repertoire... highly enjoyable... Captivating and inspiring
New Scientist

Properly researched, and the elegance of its pop-cosmology or pop-biology mini-narratives rivals that of many specialists. It is slyly witty, and pleasingly optimistic.Steven Poole

Discovering the many undiscovered things that one thought had been discovered already is one of the joys of this book... You might have thought that wallowing in ignorance is a tedious and fruitless occupation. As Hartston proves entertainingly, how wrong you would be.
Daily Express

A rigorous and playful exploration of human limits in scientific knowledge about the planet, its history and culture, and the universe beyond
Publishers Weekly

A delightful collection for trivia buffs and browsers.