There and Back

Illustrator Robin Boutell
Author Magnus Pyke
Year 1978
Publisher Pan
ISBN 0-330-26020-2

‘A SEWAGE WORKS IS SUCH FUN, QUITE APART FROM BEING SUCH A FINE MONUMENT TO SCIENCE…’

The zestful and ebullient Magnus Pyke once again transports us into his colourful world of science-made-easy and discusses the tremendous advantages that technology can give us — if only we control it properly. Already the signs are encouraging: we have set aside areas in our towns to be free of wheeled traffic; we prefer babies to be born out of hospital; and we often say ‘thank you, no’ when science offers a tempting free gift.

Magnus Pyke’s infectious optimism and sparkling originality can only but succeed in making us believe that the world is not such a bad place after all.

‘A non-stop stream of provocative and stimulating ideas’ DAILY EXPRESS

Magnus Pyke Wikipedia, Obituary and in Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science”

There and Back available on Amazon

Also available Butter Side Up! or The Delights of Science (1976)

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2 responses to “There and Back

    • I’d almost forgotten him too – he was one of those over-the-top characters that really did engage me to learn when I was younger. He is an absolute classic (and almost a caricature of himself) in the Thomas Dolby music video I’ve linked to.

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