And yes, I learned something new.
Any Lifelight Series fans will recognise the name Michael Faraday, who invented the Faraday Cage in 1836. He's one of my scientific heroes, second only to Albert Einstein (who apparently kept a picture of Faraday on his study wall). ANYWAY, what I didn't know (until reading the above mentioned book) is that Michael Faraday left school at the age of 14 with a very basic education, but went on to teach himself everything he knew by reading the books that he dealt with during a 7 year bookbinding apprenticeship... WOW! Talk about inspiring... I think that gives anyone who feels they 'failed' at school something to aim for - LOTS of READING!
And speaking of which, I also learned a new word from reading this book: CHARETTE n. - An intense flurry of activity to finish something by a deadline.
Hmm... I definitely have experience of that!