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Backroom Boys : The Secret Return of the British Boffin - Francis Spufford

Backroom Boys

The Secret Return of the British Boffin

Paperback Published: 1st July 2005
ISBN: 9780571214976
Number Of Pages: 272

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From the author of The Child that Books Built, a rapturous history of the amazing achievements of British engineers.

Britain is the only country in the world to have cancelled its space programme just as it put its first rocket into orbit. Starting with this forgotten episode, The Backroom Boys tells the bittersweet story of modern British engineers and inventors. Sad, inspiring, funny and ultimately triumphant, it follows the technologists whose work kept Concorde flying, created the computer game, conquered the mobile-phone business, saved the human genome for the human race - and who sent the Beagle 2 probe to burrow in the cinnamon sands of Mars.

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'A must for every British Christmas stocking.' John Carey; 'Unputdownable... the man writes like a dream - informed, fresh, racy prose.' Guardian

ISBN: 9780571214976
ISBN-10: 0571214975
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st July 2005
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.5  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1