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Brian Clegg

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Brian Clegg has a degree in natural sciences from Cambridge and a masters in Operational Research. He spent seventeen years with British Airways, where he formed a new department tasked with developing hi-tech solutions for the airline, and now speaks throughout the world on business and science-related topics.

He is the author of several popular science titles, including Inflight Science, The God Effect, A Brief History of Infinity, How to Build a Time Machine, The Universe Inside You, Gravity, Dice World and The Quantum Age. He is also a freelance journalist who has contributed to the Guardian, the Observer, Wall Street Journal, BBC Focus, Good Housekeeping, and Nature, and is the editor of the Popular Science online journal: www.populars
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Brian Clegg No commute - so when I do have to go to London, say, it's fun rather than a chore - and the flexibility of being able to choose what you work on when.…moreNo commute - so when I do have to go to London, say, it's fun rather than a chore - and the flexibility of being able to choose what you work on when. (There is the downside - being paid like a writer.)(less)
Brian Clegg Find something that excites you and write about it. Get the practice in. And hone it. When you've written something, leave it for a couple of weeks at…moreFind something that excites you and write about it. Get the practice in. And hone it. When you've written something, leave it for a couple of weeks at least, then come back to it and see if it's really any good.

Oh, and develop a thick skin. Because rejections are likely to happen - and when you get a book out there, so are bad reviews.

In fact, only do this thing if you are driven to do so. If you love writing, then it's all worthwhile. But if you see it as a means to an end (like getting rich) forget it!(less)
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Thanks to Sabine Hossenfelder for drawing to my attention the little video below, asking people (in Germany) what light is. As a physicist, she was disappointed that most people don't realise that their idea of light was wrong. But as a science communicator, I find it neither disappointing nor surprising. Let's unpick that.

Is it surprising? Well no, not really. Although there might be passing... Read more of this blog post »
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There are plenty of books about the hunt for the Higgs boson, most notably Jim Baggott's excellent Higgs, so at first sight, Higgs Force, might seem to be more of the same, but in a couple of areas it is unparalleled in anything I've read in the fiel ...more
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The Land Across by Gene Wolfe
The Land Across
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Fans of Gene Wolfe's fantasy writing will recognise distinct echoes of what I'd regard as his masterpiece, There Are Doors, in this recent novel, The Land Across.

In There Are Doors, the protagonist travels to an alternative universe, a place where hi
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Why Information Grows by César Hidalgo
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Something that is absolutely essential to understand this book, subtitled 'The evolution of order from atoms to economies', on the fascinating topic of the nature of information in the world, and its relationship with the economy, is that the author ...more
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Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
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I'm a big Neil Gaiman fan, so I bit the bullet and went for the hardback of his latest collection of short stories. The general opinion of the publishing industry is that short story collections don't sell, so they're hard to come by, which is weird, ...more
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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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American Gods
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Stardust by Neil Gaiman
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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere
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An absolute classic from Neil Gaiman. I enjoyed the TV series it is based on, but the book is so much better. Lots of grotesques, humour and horror in a real world fantasy where there is a second London beneath the familiar one.

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