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Brian Clegg

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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.

Along with appearances at the Royal Institution in London he has spoken at venues from Oxford and Cambridge Universities to Cheltenham Festival of Science, has contributed to radio and TV programmes, and is a popular speaker at schools. Brian is also editor of the successful www.popularscience.co.uk book review site and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Brian has Masters degrees from Cambridge University in Natural Sciences
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Brian Clegg It's a good question - part of the problem is, of course, even establishing what consciousness is - as I mention in my book What Do You Think You Are?…moreIt's a good question - part of the problem is, of course, even establishing what consciousness is - as I mention in my book What Do You Think You Are? some suggest that there is no such thing.

At the very least neuroscience has a strong influence on consciousness, but I don't think we can say definitively either way.(less)
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Though hugely flawed in some ways, The Capture proved to be one of the most gripping TV shows I’ve watched in a while, thanks to the regular invocation of clever twists that make the viewer think ‘How is that possible?’

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“Newton’s law of gravitation. That’s all you need (with a spot of calculus to crunch the numbers) to work out how the Earth will orbit the Sun or how an apple will fall if you let it go at a certain height. The only trouble is that Newton had no idea how this gravity thing worked. His model was simply: ‘There is an attraction between bits of stuff, and let’s not bother about why.”
Brian Clegg, Gravitational Waves: How Einstein’s spacetime ripples reveal the secrets of the universe

“Famously, Einstein said that his ‘happiest thought’ occurred here: ‘I was sitting in a chair in the Patent Office at Bern when all of a sudden a thought occurred to me. If a person falls freely he will not feel his own weight. I was startled.’ By thinking of someone falling, for example in a plummeting lift, Einstein had realised that it was impossible to distinguish acceleration and the pull of gravity. And working through the mathematical implications of this made it clear that gravity was an effect that could be produced by a distortion of space and time.”
Brian Clegg, Gravitational Waves: How Einstein’s spacetime ripples reveal the secrets of the universe

“The year 1992 should have been remembered as the 700th anniversary of the death of a man who changed the world. Yet the occasion passed without note. Few know of the remarkable achievements of someone who, more than any other, can be said to have invented science.”
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