Eureka: a book of scientific anecdotes
The first section is 'Tales of Explorers', such as Columbus and Magellan. I found it a bit strange that the book began in this way, as these stories don't seem to be particularly scientific. After that the book gets more into its proper subject. I would say, however, that the reader shouldn't expect too much from this book. The anecdotes are not the sort that have you laughing out loud, nor are they making any particular point - Berry has just collected together things which other people have written which happen to interest him. So its a book for the reader to browse through and find a story to while away the time.