Bought this during the Kindle Sale and was expecting nothing more than an interesting "this is how your body works" kinda thing.
You get so much more.
I'm a science geek, there I said it, and I love reading anything sciencey. I know a lot about the topics about which the author has written in this book, but to see it explained even more in depth, in understandable terms, really gave me a kick. I must've giggled like a schoolgirl a dozen times reading this, saying "I KNOW this" as you come across familiar concepts and theories, and it really does give you a buzz to see it there written down for you, exactly as you know them and then taken further. That probably sounds like the geekiest thing you'll ever read, and this is on the internet for christ sake, where people put up photos of themselves wearing Star trek uniforms, or make videos of themselves waving around toy lightsabers as if they were really duelling a Sith lord, so I know how mental that must sound, but honesty, if you've an interest in science at all, this book will elicit the same reaction from you.
There are occasional lapses into the more hardcore mind bending realms, but they are few and far between and serve as nothing more that to let you know that what you think you understand is just the tip of the iceberg towards a whole new plain of weirdness.
It's not the most authoritative encylclopedia on the world of science, but what it touches on and it's relationship to you, your body, the earth, the universe, everything that is, ever has been and will be is truly fascinating, and it's with full credit to Brian Clegg that he manages to take you on this rollercoaster of a ride and out the other side more informed and more amazed.
The only problem is that is seems to finish quite suddenly, but in a way, that's a good thing, as it's a clear indicator if just how much you were enjoying it that you are sorry to finish it.
I'm almost sorry I bought this in the sale, as I'd be extremely happy to pay full price for this. I'll definitely be buying future titles from the author if this is anything to go by.