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How to Live Forever: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Science [Hardcover]

Alok Jha
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3 Feb 2011

How can you live forever? What does it take to create life? How can we find other universes? Will we ever talk to aliens? What do you need to build a brain?

How to Live Forever is the essential survival guide for anyone who has ever been baffled by science. Embarking on a journey from the very small to the very big, readers will be taken on a glorious tour of the universe, taking in cloned sheep, alien worlds, bizarre life forms, quantum weirdness, parallel dimensions and dissected brains along the way. You'll discover how to travel through time, how to start (and cure) a plague, how the mind works, how to turn sunbeams into oak trees, how to boil a planet, how Harry Potter's cloak of invisibility works and much, much more. Both informative and enjoyable, this is a rip-roaring tour through the wonders of the natural world.


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849164827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849164825
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Jha's clear writing style organises these big ideas in a way that makes them a pleasure to revisit, and an eye-opener if you're discovering them for the first time' BBC Science Focus Magazine. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Will we ever talk to aliens? How do you make a cyborg? What does it take to create life? How to Live Forever is the essential survival guide for anyone who has ever been baffled by science. In a series of intriguing, entertaining and often extraordinary scenarios Alok Jha brings to life 35 key science ideas in a way that anyone can understand. From the microscopic to the cosmic, this book takes you a glorious tour of the known universe and beyond, taking in cloned sheep, alien worlds, bizarre life forms, quantum weirdness, parallel dimensions and dissected brains along the way. You'll discover how to travel though time, how to start (and cure) a plague, how the mind works, who to turn sunbeams into oak trees, how to boil a planet, how to turn invisible and much, much more. Both informative and enjoyable, this is a rip-roaring introduction to the wonders of modern science.



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By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is an exciting, mind-expanding and accessible introduction to the key questions in science.
After a brief introduction there are 35 chapters on various scientific ideas ranging from 'How to build a Universe' & 'How to get life started' to 'How to break codes' & 'How to save the world'. The book concludes with a useful glossary of terms used in science.
Anyone who considers that science is too difficult and that the Universe is beyond understanding should be pleasantly surprised by Alok Jha's engrossing and stimulating book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hope it works??? 5 July 2013
By MrRee
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Lots of interesting features - but no 'lifetime quarantee' ?
Useful information for the curious and easy to read and understand.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not so interesting afterall. 24 Nov 2012
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A title like "34 Other Interesting... such and such" makes me expect that the author will tell me why/how the subject is interesting. Perhaps its interesting because it applies to me in this way or that, etc... This book does nothing of the sort. I read the intro and the first 3 chapters. The author failed to convince me that these things are interesting.

I was expecting coverage of a bigger variety of sciences. The first 3 chapters seem to focus on biology which make the book feel VERY monotonous; especially if you're not interested in biology.

The text betrays the title, therefor I rate the book 1 star.
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