Angie Lake on the Science of Invention

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Born in the UK and raised on the Spanish Costa Blanca, Angie Lake travelled extensively before studying psychology in Barcelona and beginning her writing career in the Spanish national music press. Angie joined Sweet Cherry in 2012, having co-authored The Diaries of Robin’s Toys and The Diaries of Robin’s Travels with her father, Ken. She has since penned a solo comedy series, Danny Dingle’s Fantastic Finds, which currently consists of three hilarious books, The Metal-Mobile, The Super-Sonic Submarine and The Jet of Justice. 

Angie is a writer with so much imagination that it could blow up the universe. As the author of Danny Dingle’s Fantastic Finds, she is also a big fan of science. In fact, she’s written a little bit about her favourite inventions and why they’re so mindbogglingly amazing!

The Thing About Science

The thing about science is that it’s not supposed to be that complicated. It’s about solving problems at different levels and there are so many inventions that we live with on a day to day basis that constitute basic, REALLY USEFUL science.

My three favourite inventions are:

  1. Toilet paper
  2. The corkscrew
  3. The Yorkshire pudding

You can figure out their usefulness by being put in a position of necessity and having to improvise without them. What about an emergency toilet call without toilet paper? It’s a situation in which you walk out without socks. Think about a roast without Yorkshire puddings. I disinherited my own grandmother over such an abomination.

From cooked food to duvets, someone came up with those. In these modern times of phone apps and hybrid vehicles, how many people know how basic stuff works?

The greatest thing about my childhood was learning how to solve problems with the stuff I had lying around. The doll houses I built for my toys from old boxes and margarine tubs when I was a kid are probably far superior to a lot of present day London housing. My dad and I fixed cars and stereo systems because getting an upgrade wasn’t an option and I was never bored. I grew up with a basic understanding of how stuff works and, most importantly, it was fun.

Nowadays I never think “I need to buy…” Instead, I think, “I could make…” Of course, my home and car are held together by tape and most of my meals involve Yorkshire puddings. Anyway, the point I want to get across is that young people have such an astounding capacity for invention and discovery. It doesn’t matter if your invention doesn’t work yet; it matters that you had the audacity to try to solve a problem on your own, using what you had and what you know.

The first three books in the Danny Dingle Fantastic Finds series are out now and published by Sweet Cherry.