B. M. Clegg

"Brian Clegg"
Brian Clegg, Science author
Top Reviewer Ranking: 470
Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (506 of 558)
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: 470 - Total Helpful Votes: 506 of 558
The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the &hellip by Professor Pedro G. Ferreira
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Despite the quote from Marcus du Sautoy on the front referring to this book by astrophysics professor Pedro Ferreira as a ‘guide to the outer reaches of the universe’, this is far more a book about what goes on in human brains – and specifically the development and partial solutions of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which turned our understanding of the nature of gravitation upside down.

For me it’s a three bears porridge book. We start off with a section that’s just right, then get a bit that’s far too long and end with a bit that’s far too short. (Okay, I know, the porridge was about temperature, not length, but this wasn’t supposed to be taken literally.) That ‘just… Read more
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About&hellip by Marlene Zuk
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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