B. M. Clegg

"Brian Clegg"
Brian Clegg, Science author
Top Reviewer Ranking: 466
Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (499 of 550)
Location: Wiltshire, England
In My Own Words:
Brian Clegg is a popular science author with books including The God Effect, A Brief History of Infinity, Before the Big Bang, Inflight Science, Build Your Own Time Machine, The Universe Inside You, Gravity, Dice World and Extra Sensory.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 466 - Total Helpful Votes: 499 of 550
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About&hellip by Marlene Zuk
We all enjoy seeing smug people who tell us how to live being taken down a peg, and in Paleofantasy, subtitled ‘what evolution really tells us about sex, diet and how we live’, Marlene Zuk lays into those who promote a ‘paleo diet’ or ‘caveman lifestyle.’ As the book entertainingly makes clear, these concepts are based on a total misunderstanding.

The idea behind the paleofantasy, particularly popular, it seems, among the New York chatterati, is that we ought to try to live more like our Palaeolithic forebears, because this was the lifestyle and diet we evolved for, where now we live in a very ‘unnatural’ environment. Zuk tears this idea to shreds, showing how evolution doesn’t… Read more
Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I’ve reviewed two biographies of the engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla – Tesla: Man out of Time (which is good on Tesla’s odd behaviour but struggles with the science) and Wizard (which is a more rounded book, but is totally lost in the science, telling us that Telsa was close to splitting the electron). This is definitely the best of the three. Certainly it is far better on the aspects of Tesla’s work that are worthwhile – his engineering genius in working on AC motors and polyphase AC, giving comprehensive details of his designs and work.

There is also plenty on his long obsession with transmitting information and electrical energy remotely, culminating in the remarkable… Read more
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
There has been a spate of outbursts from physicists who should know better, including Stephen Hawking, saying ‘philosophy is dead – all we need now is physics’ or superintwords to that effect. I challenge any of them to read this book and still say that philosophy is pointless.

It’s worth pointing out immediately that this isn’t really a book for the general reader, and that's why I only gave it three stars. I’d say the first handful of chapters are for everyone, but after that, the bulk of the book would probably be best for undergraduate philosophy students or AI students, reading more like a textbook than anything else, particularly in its dogged detail – but if you are… Read more