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The Universe Inside You: The Extreme Science of the Human Body From Quantum Theory to the Mysteries of the Brain

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  239 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published 2012 by Icon Books
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Brendon Schrodinger
I like Brian Clegg's books.

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
The Universe Inside You: The Extreme Science of the Human Body From Quantum Theory to the Mysteries of the Brain by Brian Clegg

“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
Amanda Patterson
Jun 04, 2013 Amanda Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the perfect gift for people who want to explore science without being bored by academic jargon.
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
I bought this book in the hope I'd learn something about about biology and the human body; instead I got a book which uses the human body as a jumping off point to talk about other things: atoms and quantum physics and what happens to a helium balloon in a braking car (it heads towards the rear of the car because deceleration is acceleration in the opposite direction, and acceleration is the same as gravity, and the helium is lighter than air so heads away from gravity (or something), hence anyb ...more
Oct 20, 2012 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was disappointing. Maybe I have unreasonably high expectations in my popsci tastes, cultivated by the likes of About Time (Adam Frank) and We Need to Talk About Kelvin (Marcus Chown). Maybe it was because none of the information presented was new to me. I do think this book would be great for younger readers, to get them interested in nonfiction, as it presents a great skim about a lot of different sciencey subjects.

The title, alas, promises more than it can provide. Because each subj
Mark Gray
An engaging style with some useful little facts but probably best for someone with a little bit of scientific knowledge, a good filler but I would probably not read it again
Feb 06, 2015 Kenichi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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M.G. Mason
Following on from my review of In-flight Science by the same author, I moved into this one with interest. Have you ever thought about what a remarkable machine the human body is? Why does a mirror reflect an image left to right but not upside down? This book addresses some questions you might have about how you can see, the bacteria in our bodies and many more questions besides.

Like the previous book, Clegg looks at the body by showing us examples how they pertain outside the body – for example,
Michael Moats
Feb 09, 2017 Michael Moats rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A look at the human body and how physics rule. Includes easy to do experiments that help illustrate the book's points. A great introductory book for those who want a better understanding of how our bodies are part of the universe.
May 06, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it
As someone who is interested in science, but didn't "get it" at school, I found this to be a really good introduction to some very complex ideas.
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.
Mar 17, 2013 Lucus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Universe Inside You is a great book. It takes you through your body and uses it to explain many other things in science, like light and the universe itself. I enjoyed the writing and the facts, although I must say the contents don't need to be that long. An excellent read for young scientists.
Apr 11, 2016 xe01 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book some years ago, so I cannot really remember everything about it. It did contain some interesting bits (and the language/style was easy to follow) but a lot of it was forgettable too. Wouldn't consider it the best introduction to the topic.
Martin Waterhouse
A great concept but unfortunately the Human Body aspect is crowbarred in and this turned out to be a rather regular pop science exploration of the usual topics found in countless other books. It's well written, and a very easy read, but one for a younger reader I think.
Antonello Piemonte
liked it, but in general not among the best popular science books I have read so far. Occasionally had a feeling that the subject topic was not really connected with the human body and also there was significant subject hopping without a consistent theme. However, still an informative book.
Gary West
Apr 23, 2014 Gary West rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An insightful must read that provokes a sense of wonder and leaves you wanting to delve deeper into the mysteries it covers.
Nothing like what I expected and am quite disappointed
Sep 09, 2012 gargravarr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was interesting, but I'm a sucker for facts of most sorts.
Sep 05, 2012 Kristyan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
an excellent book if you want to brush up on science. some very good points made and is a good read for any age
Jul 28, 2014 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some interesting facts, but I found the book a little bland...
Jan 31, 2014 Roddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reasonably good romp through various science subjects but not a book about the science of the body. The title and "vehicle" for the book is a bit contrived.
I don't often read Non-Fiction but found this interesting, and written with a sense of humour, and although I don't profess to understand it all, I did find it enjoyable.
Bill Walker
Aug 27, 2015 Bill Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff...some new material for me and some reinforcement of older learnings. Great flow and energy.
Nov 26, 2013 Vikky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This science book didn't just cover anatomy, it covered a small part of all the sciences and in a language I could understand! Always a bonus :)
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Brian's latest books, Ten Billion Tomorrows and How Many Moons does the Earth Have are now available to pre-order. He has written a range of other science titles, including the bestselling Inflight Science, The God Effect, Before the Big Bang, A Brief History of Infinity, Build Your Own Time Machine and Dice World.

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