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What a Wonderful World Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell by Marcus Chown

What a Wonderful World Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell

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Marcus Chown modestly claims that his skill lays in explaining complex issues for the non-expert - and he is very good indeed at that. His use of example to make a point, the addition of a vast frame of reference and quotation, among which I’ve counted comic writer Dave Barry, Charles Dickens and T S Eliot – not to mention a host of scientists all illuminate “Life, the Universe and Everything. If you want to know how our little blue planet came into being and survived, how humans came along and how we’re nearly destroying it all, then this is a good place to start.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In this thought-provoking book, Chown endeavours to deepen our understanding of the existence of a wide range of things including time, brain, civilization, capitalism, communism and quantum theory. He succeeds marvellously in pursuing this task. Free from heavy jargon, the book explains with clarity key concepts and ideas people have been using for centuries, as well as major technological, scientific and intellectual advancements that have helped shaped our current views and understanding about the world around us. Lucidly written and hugely entertaining.
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What a Wonderful World Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell by Marcus Chown

Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing? In What a Wonderful World, Marcus Chown, bestselling author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You and the Solar System app, uses his vast scientific knowledge and deep understanding of extremely complex processes to answer simple questions about the workings of our everyday lives. Lucid, witty and hugely entertaining, it explains the basics of our essential existence, stopping along the way to show us why the Atlantic is widening by a thumbs' length each year, how money permits trade to time travel why the crucial advantage humans had over Neanderthals was sewing and why we are all living in a giant hologram.

About the Author

Marcus Chown

Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist. He is the author of the bestselling Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never Ending Days of Being Dead and The Magic Furnace. He also wrote The Solar System, the bestselling app for iPad, which won the Future Book Award 2011.

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4th September 2014


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448 pages


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