If you've forgotten the capital city of Chile; the basics of osmosis; how to solve a quadratic equation; the names of the Bennet sisters in 'Pride and Prejudice'; who wrote the famous poem about daffodils; the use of a conjunction or the number of continents in the world, I Used to Know That will provide all the answers. A light-hearted and informative reminder of all the things that we learnt in school but have since become relegated to the backs of our minds, I Used to Know That features hundreds of important snippets of wisdom, facts, theories, equations, phrases, rules and sayings. It is a practical guide to turn to when an answer is eluding you, when helping a child with homework or preparing them for the new school year, or maybe just to brush up on trivia for the pub quiz. I Used to Know That covers English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography and General Studies, so never again will you find yourself stumped!
|MICHAEL O'MARA BOOKS|
the guardian Fri 15 August 2008
Talking of the Bard beloved of European central bankers, here is a crib-sheet precis of Richard III : "Don't get me started. A noxious piece of Tudor propaganda [. . .] Good quotes, though." I must say, I don't believe I had forgotten that from school. Once we move with relief from the painfully flippant coverage of Eng Lit, this book becomes potentially less useless, reminding the reader of how to solve simultaneous equations, what the main organs of the human body do, who were the kings and queens of England, and when the dinosaurs lived. Alternatively, you could bypass the middle person and go straight to Wikipedia, if you were the trusting sort.