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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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Inflight Science: A Guide t...
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A field. A few years ago.It's that time of year when a young person's fancy turns to wafting through fields of corn, wheat and other arable crops in slow motion, and the rest of us slow down a bit.


As a result I will only be blogging intermittently for the next few weeks - but I'll be back to full force in September.


Here we go. Fire up the Vangelis...


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I was inclined to call Chilled a good, solid, old-fashioned popular science book. But I'm concerned that people will get the wrong idea, as I meant this as a positive thing. 'Solid' is often taken to mean stodgy and dull, but here it's a matter of be ...more
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I've often thought that there isn't enough popular science based on chemistry. Physicists are inclined to point out that this is because all the interesting bits of science in chemistry are physics anyway (a terrible exaggeration, I'm sure), but one ...more
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When to Rob a Bank by Steven D. Levitt
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After a certain amount of disappointment caused by the previous Freaknomics inspired book, Think Like a Freak, I was prepared to find the latest equally disappointing. After all, the authors admit this is just a transcription of parts of their blog. ...more
Space Chronicles by Neil deGrasse Tyson
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This fairly chunky book, subtitled 'a natural and cultural history' takes on a subject that causes mixed emotions: rain. We all need it, however usually it's a case of 'but not now.' I think it's fair to say that Cynthia Barnett concentrates more on ...more
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The Time Torch by Dermot Bradley
The Time Torch
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This is a curious but likeable little book. That 'little' is not a condescending remark. The book is physically small - about two thirds of the width of a normal paperback - with large print that means it's almost like reading on a Kindle rather than ...more
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The New Wild by Fred Pearce
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If you are interested in the environment, a new book by Fred Pearce is always a red letter day, and never more so than with his new title on the bizarre portrayal of invasive species and how we need a very different picture of the 'balance of nature' ...more
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Atheism After Christendom by Simon Perry
Atheism After Christendom
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At first sight you might imagine that a book titled Atheism after Christendom, written by Simon Perry the chaplain of Robinson College, Cambridge, might be a throwback to the days when it used to be joked that one thing you could be certain about wit ...more
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Nanoscience by Peter Forbes
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Quantum theory proves the fascination of the science of the very small, and nanotechnology offers the potential for structures and materials at the kind of scale where quantum physics comes into play behaving significantly more impressively than we e ...more
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I felt distinctly misled by the blurb on the back of Eleven Minutes Late. I picked the book up from a pile occupying a whole table in a large bookseller, so it must be doing well (especially as I later discovered the book first came out in 2009, and ...more
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