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Brian Clegg "Brian Clegg"
 
Brief History of Infinity: The Quest to Think the Unthinkable
Brief History of Infinity: The Quest to Think the Unthinkable
"Wonderfully readable and fascinating guide to the strange world of infinity and the people who studied it"
The Universe Next Door: Twelve Mind-blowing Ideas from the Cutting Edge of Science
The Universe Next Door: Twelve Mind-blowing Ideas from the Cutting Edge of Science
"It's hard to believe it, but this is all real science, but science at the leading edge where the possibilities are mind-boggling"
Light Years: The Extraordinary Story of Mankind's Fascination with Light
Light Years: The Extraordinary Story of Mankind's Fascination with Light
"It's hard to think of anything quite as amazing in the physical world as light, and this is a great introduction to it"
Chaos: Making a New Science
Chaos: Making a New Science
"A classic - Gleick's introduction to chaos theory is a brilliant mix of detective story and theory"
Fermat's Last Theorem
Fermat's Last Theorem
"Another classic, it's amazing that Singh manages to make what should be boring maths into a real page-turner. Excellent."
A Short History Of Nearly Everything
A Short History Of Nearly Everything
"Bill Bryson might not be the obvious person to write popular science, but his summary of everything is surprisingly readable"
Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character as Told to Ralph Leighton
Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character as Told to Ralph Leighton
"Even popular science can be a little abstract, but Feynman's autobiographical tales are very human."
How the Mind Works (Penguin Press Science)
How the Mind Works (Penguin Press Science)
"Not a light read, and a little too long, but Pinker really challenges the reader to think about, erm, thinking."
Future Shock
Future Shock
"Once a huge bestseller it's fascinating to revisit this 1970 book and to see how its techo-future predictions panned out."
Leonardo da Vinci : The First Scientist
Leonardo da Vinci : The First Scientist
"There's lots been written about Leonardo, but I reckon this is the best book to concentrate on his scientific output."