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Ben Miller
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Book Description

12 July 2012

Black holes. DNA. The Large Hadron Collider. Ever had that sneaking feeling that you are missing out on some truly spectacular science?

You do? Well fear not, for help is at hand.

Ben Miller was working on his Physics PhD at Cambridge when he accidentally became a comedian. But first love runs deep, and he has returned to his roots to share with you all his favourite bits of science. This is the stuff that you really need to know, not only because it matters, but because it will quite simply amaze and delight you.

'Let me show you another, perhaps less familiar side of Science; her beauty, her seductiveness and her passion. And let's do it quickly, while Maths isn't looking' Ben Miller

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (12 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847445012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847445018
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book makes climate change actually seem interesting. Not just important - it's obviously important - but interesting. As a result I bought lots of other books about climate change, something I now regret (David Mitchell)

Ben Miller has made a successful career out of concealing his intellect, but in this book he fails to obscure his scientific credentials beautifully. It's a fun and insightful ride through the whole of science - it's almost as if he'd finished his PhD! (Professor Brian Cox)

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* An engaging, accessible and fascinating look at science's 'best bits' by popular comedian and particle physicist Ben Miller

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I just spent two days on a sailing boat with no wind; luckily I downloaded this book. It is the best popular science book I have read and I have read many over the years. As Ben Miller explains early on, this book is about the highlights of science and it is to be enjoyed not learnt. The style reflects his excellent comic sense and timing as he gets to the point quickly and pithily with lots of juicy facts and figures that make you say "you won't believe this but... And "did you know..." to anyone sitting nearby. So read alone if you can...A key aspect of the books appeal is that Miller has not dumbed down the facts and theories to the point that you are not enlightened or indeed do not need to think, its just the way he explains the complexity that opens up subjects that previously were shrouded in mystery.

If you have ever wondered about the origins and potential fate of the universe, earth and man, all wrapped up in quantum physics, stars, nuclear fusion, global warming, E=mc2, human evolution, fossils, how the earth was formed, DNA, victoria sponges, the Maillard reaction, space travel, Gordon Ramsey, and aliens then this is the right book for you.

I would recommend this book wholeheartedly
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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It's Not Rocket Science is an excellent book having a whip through the latest scientific thoughts and research of the day, written by sometime particle physicist and now comedian and actor, Ben Miller. I like Miller's light style and amusing allegorical comparisons. You may have to slow down a bit once in a while to grasp some of the concepts, but as Miller says no one has to understand all or even any of it and to just enjoy the ride, which I most certainly have. Even made sure that friends and family have a copy! I really hope Ben does a follow up of some sort. Great reading and an introduction to science itself.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for brushing up 23 July 2012
Got this book last week and have finished it already. It tackles all the scientific ideas that you really should understand and have opinions on but, frankly, don't, and makes them feel accessible - joyful even. As someone who recently struggled to explain gravity to an eight-year-old niece, it was a revelation to have concepts broken down into such appetising chunks. Thoroughly recommend to anyone who didn't 'choose' science. Should also be required reading for parents so they can enthuse the next generation - the author makes it feel like a total pleasure.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just superb 5 Oct 2012
By Sagan
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If you liked Cosmos and A Short History of Nearly Everything then this is the book for you . A humorous highly readable summary of the most exciting science around. I particularly liked the climate change and human evolution sections. For me the book hots up after the first chapter . When I get half way through a book I usually either think-good not long to go now-or damn its nearly finished.The latter is how I felt about this book. I even found myself underlining sections and making notes (sad ? possibly but it is a gem of a book you will want to keep and not trade in)

I was reminded of the genetics I had forgotten and was especially interested in the lactose intolerance section . Ben Miller's intelligence comes through in his comedy but I hope he harnesses it for more of the same in the popular science field.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Superb Book! 29 July 2012
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I'm just over halfway through this and want to write a review now because the book hasn't had many so far and certainly deserves lots.

I knew next to nothing about the author before purchasing the book. Although I remember him doing an excellent BBC documentary on heat and temperature, and bought the book on the strength of the kindle sample. Within a few pages I hooked, AND I've read a few popular science books over the years, but Ben Miller has such an easy way of writing I'm surprised this is one of his first books (I may be wrong as I'm not up on the comedy scene)?

I recently read Bill Brysons 'a short history of nearly everything' and although also an excellent book I prefer Miller's book, and his way of writing. It's probably because he's a Brit and a similar age to myself. I would like to think it's the sort of book I could write but I've not even got one percent of Miller's talent!

I will update this review when I finished the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth its place in a crowded field 4 Mar 2014
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There are loads of books now on "popular" science as various bods make their attempts to explain the cosmos and everything in it in terms that the layman will understand. Ben Miller makes as good a stab as any at it if maybe without the insouciance of Bill Bryson or the "been there, done it" badge worn by Brian Cox but to be fair he does have the chatty, man in the pub descriptive style of Bryson and he also has the physics background of Prof Cox, having a degree in the subject, so he fits nicely between the 2. To be honest if you are an aficionado of the "science book" there will not be much new here but for example he explains climate science as well as anyone I've read and for that alone this book is worth getting. Overall the book makes for an enjoyable and diverting read and is well recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Physics for those of us who wanna be... 26 July 2013
By ChrisS
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Brilliant read - covers everything from the LHC to DNA and back again. An excellent, engaging and funny science book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 10 days ago by DET600
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly readable
This is a really entertaining read. Chapters cover topics including quantum physics, evolution, climate change, chemistry (by exploring what happens when you bake a cake! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jackdaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, ruined for me by the style.
There is a great deal of waffle, he keeps addressing the reader as "my friend", adding " you will be wondering about this, I will tell you". Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. B. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Not too highbrow. Easy for the layman to read and understand, interspersed with humour. Highly recommended. Give it a read
Published 4 months ago by MR M E KIRWAN
5.0 out of 5 stars A easy readable guide to the best bits of science
Very good book. Well written with comic elements to keep the readers interest. The science is well explained and explained so any ody can follow it. Recommended.
Published 6 months ago by stuart cavey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
one of the best reads i've had for years.
(If you watch Brian Cox and want to be a know all, buy this)
Published 6 months ago by Mr. J. Shohet
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading
This book has lots of positives. It is entertainingly and wittily written - as you might expect - and introduces some interesting analogies that really help us understand the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by LinnieB
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
This was asked for so it will be just what they wanted. I can find nothing else to say as I do not know the book or the author.
Published 8 months ago by Sonya
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever chap!
Loved this book - and found it quite mentally taxing in places (but not too much and not in a bad way).
Published 8 months ago by Mrs Hazel M Macey
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Miller
This is a very good read .It will be kept for future reference,and of course it will be read a few more times.
Published 9 months ago by john robb
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