288 pages, illustrations
Black holes. Global warming. The Hadron Collider. Ever had that sinking feeling that you really should know about these things, but somehow never quite grasped them? Don't worry--you're not alone. Before Ben Miller was a comedian, he used to be a physicist, working towards a PhD in Novel Quantum Effects In Quasi-Zero-Dimensional Electron Systems. But then he woke up twenty years later and realised he didn't know any of this stuff either. And so he set out on a mission. He worked out the ten most vital things in science--the things you really need to know. He talked to experts, he visited research labs, he went to see the Hadron Collider in action...And then he wrote this book.
This book makes climate change actually seem interesting. Not just important--it's obviously important--but interesting. As a result I bought lots of other books about climate change, something I now regret
- David Mitchell
"Ben Miller has made a successful career out of concealing his intellect, but in this book he fails to obscure his scientific credentials beautifully. It's a fun and insightful ride through the whole of science--it's almost as if he'd finished his PhD!"
- Professor Brian Cox
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