Brian Clegg

"Brian Clegg"
Brian Clegg, popular science author
Top Reviewer Ranking: 446
Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (547 of 609)
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, Extra Sensory and The Quantum Age.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 446 - Total Helpful Votes: 547 of 609
Stargazers' Almanac: A Monthly Guide to the Stars &hellip by Bob Mizon
If your idea of an almanac is a thick old book full of folk wisdom (‘If ye plant in October, your crops will fall over’), phases of the moon and tide times, you’ll only get one thing right about this almanac – it does contain phases of the moon. But the Stargazer’s Almanac is much more.

The format is one of a large month-by-month calendar, but instead of having spaces to write in when you take the dog to the vets, the children to the cinema or vice versa, it has two big spreads of the horizon, looking North and looking South on the 15th of the month at 10pm GMT from a UK viewpoint. With this in hand you should be able to explore the night sky and sort out Andromeda from Perseus… Read more
Scarcity: The True Cost of Not Having Enough by Sendhil Mullainathan
There is no scarcity of books about the brain and psychology and emotion. In fact, the shelves are groaning with them. But here's a psychological take on what you might regard as a problem of economics - and that makes it genuinely fascinating. So it's a shame that it doesn't work better as a book - but this is one of those titles that you will want to read despite that.

The authors Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir look at the nature of scarcity and, crucially, the effect it has on human performance. You might hear the term and think it's about going hungry - and that is one example of scarcity - but they also look at what happens when money, time and even friends are in… Read more
What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypo&hellip by Randall Munroe
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I am deeply suspicious whenever a book is sold on the basis that its author is in some sense famous, so I was immediately wary of Randall Munroe's What If, especially as the book was plastered with references to his internet science cartoon site xkcd. The press release gets even more excited, proclaiming 'Science's most intriguing questions answered by the web's favourite writer, the genius behind' Damn him with faint praise, won't you? This isn't helped by the fact that the few times I've seen Munroe's stick cartoons, usually re-spread on social media, I haven't found them at all funny. So it was almost a disappointment when I discovered that I really liked this book… Read more