A Crash Course
Brian Clegg explores the development of quantum physics, explaining concepts such as the Many Worlds Interpretation, Schrödinger’s Cat and entanglement as well as its practical application in technology including lasers and MRI scanners. Part of the Crash Course series, the book contains 52 concise articles, each one offering an overview of a main concept and a closer look at a particular aspect of it. Also included are timelines of major events and biographies of leading figures in the field.
A Crash Course
Following a chapter exploring matter and light on an atomic level, this volume introduces different types of energy and the basics of quantum theory before concluding with the principles of motion and relativity. Part of the Crash Course series, the book contains 52 concise articles, each one offering an overview of a main concept and a closer look at a particular aspect of it. Also included are timelines of major events and biographies of leading figures in the field.
Science for Life
A Manual for Better Living
Bestselling writer Brian Clegg examines the multiplicity of claims in the media and on the internet about which foods and practices are genuinely good or bad for your health. He takes a sceptical look at popular beliefs such as those about E-numbers, caffeine, antioxidants and phone masts, exposing myths to provide reliable information. Slightly off-mint.
The Quantum Age
How the Physics of the Very Small has Transformed Our Lives
This explanation of quantum physics outlines the science and demonstrates how the properties of atoms, photons and electrons are being used to transform the world. It describes how they are already being harnessed in MRI scanners, smartphones and other gadgets, and also explores the possibilities for future technologies, such as creating faster, more secure computers.
The Transformative Technology of the Qubit Revolution
Replacing a single bit of a traditional computer, which has a binary capacity of one or zero, with the almost infinitely more versatile qubit of quantum computing opens up tremendous potential processing power but there are significant problems in the practical realization of such machines. This introduction explains how the strange properties of the quantum world can be harnessed and examines the latest prototypes at the cutting edge of this technology. Slightly off-mint.
What Do You Think You Are?
The Science of What Makes You You
Brian Clegg begins his investigation into the seemingly bottomless question – what makes you a unique individual – by taking the genealogical approach, hunting down common ancestors before going back to basic atoms. From these ‘building blocks of everything’, he traces the emergence of life, consciousness and personality, environment and culture, and ends with another question: ‘what’s missing?’
How Einstein's Spacetime Ripples Reveal the Secrets of the Universe
Although predicted by Einstein’s general relativity, it was not until 2015 that gravitational waves – ripples in space and time – were first detected. This accessible introduction to their discovery explains how the technology required to record movements 100 times smaller than the nucleus of an atom was developed, and how, with their ability to travel through barriers that stop light, the waves offer a new way to investigate the universe.
The Reality Frame
Relativity and Our Place in the Universe
By building and populating a virtual universe, Clegg demonstrates that reality is not a system of immovable absolutes; instead, the ever-shifting world of relativity is what provides the frame of reference that allows us to understand both the universe and humanity’s place within it.
Professor Maxwell's Duplicitous Demon
The Life and Science of James Clerk Maxwell
James Clerk Maxwell’s famously challenging thought experiment in which a Demon controls a door between hot and cold gases, suggests that the second law of thermodynamics can be broken. In this very accessible biography, the Demon as a narrator helps Brian Clegg argue that Maxwell’s work in fields such as electricity and magnetism not only laid the groundwork for much modern physics, but put him on a par with Newton and Einstein.
What Colour is the Sun?
Mind-Bending Science Facts in the Solar System's Brightest Quiz
Brian Clegg’s quiz book-cum-science compendium explores surprising facts about physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology and the history of science in over 100 questions ranging from ‘Why do hands and feet go wrinkly in the bath?’ to ‘What is Sagittarius A*?’ Related facts and anecdotes accompany each question and, on the following page, the answer is explained and discussed.
Dark Matter and Dark Energy
The Hidden 95% of the Universe
During the 20th century it became clear that our traditional understanding of cosmology was too simplistic, since there must be not only some invisible material holding together galaxies but also an unknown phenomenon that is driving the universe’s accelerating expansion. Brian Clegg describes how the existence of this ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’ was discovered and explains the different theories and experiments that researchers have been employing as they seek knowledge about this challenging aspect of modern science.
The Reality Frame
Relativity and Our Place in the Universe
By building and populating a virtual universe Clegg demonstrates that reality is not a system of immovable absolutes; instead, the ever-shifting world of relativity is what provides the frame of reference that allows us to understand both the universe and humanity’s place within it.
The Graphene Revolution
The Weird Science of the Ultrathin
The strongest substance ever discovered, a better conductor than any metal and able to act as a molecular sieve to purify water, graphene is set to revolutionize technology. This guide explores the properties and potential uses of this remarkable new material.
Are Numbers Real?
The Uncanny Relationships Between Maths and the Physical World
Brian Clegg explores a question fundamental to science: would numbers still exist without people to think about them, or is mathematics just a tool to help us understand the universe? Beginning with the devising of a new system to count goats, he traces the history of numbers, explaining their application to our everyday lives and asking whether the direction of contemporary physics has become too influenced by mathematics.
The Extraordinary Story of Mankind's Fascination with Light
Combining fragility and endurance, delicacy and power, light has always fascinated us; as the phenomenon that keeps matter together and may hold the key to time itself, it remains the universe’s greatest puzzle. This book offers an accessible history of scientific investigation into light, from early theories of Chinese, Greek and Arab thinkers through Newton and Einstein to possible future applications of its quantum behaviour.
Build Your Own Time Machine
The Real Science of Time Travel
Although HG Wells’s Victorian time machine would not have worked, there is no law of physics that prevents travel through the fourth dimension. Brian Clegg combines his enthusiasm for science fiction with his insights as a writer on real science to explore ways in which time travel could theoretically be achieved. He also traces the development of our modern understanding of time, from Einstein’s first daydreams about the speed of light to neutrino experiments and the latest theories about wormholes.