The Universe Inside You: The Extreme Science of the Human Body From Quantum Theory to the Mysteries of the Brain
In the sequel to his best-selling Inflight Science, Brian Clegg offers a spectacular tour through the human body.
He explores mitochondria, in-cell powerhouses once separate creatures; how your eyes consume million-year-old photons of light; your many senses, which include the ability to detect warps in space and time; and why meeting an attractive person can turn you int
Most of the critical reviews on this style of his books comes from people who say "Well I know all that" and try and be high and mighty about their intellect. You are not Brian's audience. But in a way I guess I am not Brian's audience either.
Through 'The Universe Inside You' Brian takes us on a journey into the cosmos and a journey into the atom by contextualising fundamental scientific principles to what people can observe and feel about their bodies. He used a simil ...more
“The Universe Inside You" is a very engaging and educational book that takes us on an exploration of science of our bodies. By using our body as a laboratory the author cleverly takes us to other realms of science and helps us gain a better understanding of the world around and in us. Popular science writer Brian Clegg, provides the reader with a fun and interesting way ...more
Clegg uses the human body as a vehicle for exploring science. Parts of the book are literally about the body, but the author links it to the larger world of science. For example, Clegg follows a photon of light from a star to your eye, and teaches you about cosmology and quantum theory.
The book is broken down into subjects such as vision, digestion, sensory perception, reproduction, and t ...more
The title, alas, promises more than it can provide. Because each subj ...more
Like the previous book, Clegg looks at the body by showing us examples how they pertain outside the body – for example, ...more
Brian Clegg has a writing "voice" that I found appealing. His sense of humour comes across, but never at the expense of imparting information.
I will admit to still not "getting" certain things covered here, but I feel a step closer to understanding and confident that I can field some of my child's questions about why things are and how they work.
Along with appearances at the Royal Institution in London he has spoken at venues fr ...more