Karl Sabbagh book explores the surprising science behind seemingly trivial assumptions.
A ship that repaired itself; how the earliest telephones worked without bells; why it's a good thing for skyscrapers to sway; and how Europe to America in an hour, by train, may one day become a reality.
Read by Toby Longworth.
Abridged by Libby Spurrier.
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.