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What do you think of the use of BS as part of the title of a textbook?

Asked by LostInParadise (31813points) 2 months ago

Here is a link to the Amazon review. The reviews are rather favorable. I am not sure what to make of the title. It certainly grabs your attention, but it would get old pretty fast if others started doing this.

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canidmajor's avatar

Ever since Dan Gookin started the For Dummies thing people have realized what a great selling point that kind of title is.

Forever_Free's avatar

Its plain Bullshit!!

JLeslie's avatar

I prefer not to use profanity on the title of a book or art displayed in a street window or on t-shirts, but if it is a book for high schools and college level I think it probably is attractive to teenagers. I am not completely against it, because it makes it a little fun, but also probably makes it difficult for teachers to recommend it.

Entropy's avatar

I’m not thrilled with the choice. But if it were a good textbook, and I were choosing for my class, I’d overlook it. It’s not that it’s objectionable…just seems unprofessional.

ragingloli's avatar

Only slightly more vulgar than Sabine Hossenfelder’s Science without the gobbledygook, which is a channel you should absolutely subscribe to.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@ragingloli Thank you for that link. She is very good!

Entropy's avatar

@ragingloli – Sabine is excellent. I also really like Anton Petrov’s channel and Joe Scott. The three of them do a great job talking science issues.

flutherother's avatar

I don’t like it. It’s a marketing gimmick designed to make the book stand out but it works. I would probably pick the book up to see what he means by no BS.

SnipSnip's avatar

Even though it is university level, I don’t like it, myself.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I don’t care for it.

smudges's avatar

When I first saw the page on the site, I thought that it seemed like a really good idea. I think it makes sense for difficult (imo) subjects like physics and linear algebra. But then I scrolled down and saw how silly some of the other topics were. I think it’s a real reach to use it for subjects like depression and women’s self-defense, and very badly used for using every day inspirations and creating miracles. Those are just silly and are riding coat tails.

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