Books by Brian Clegg

Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Solid as a straightforward chronology of how mathematics has developed over time, and the author adds a provocative note urging scientists to keep it in its place."
The emphasis is on "real" in the latest by the prolific British science writer, who questions the extent to which mathematics truly reflects the workings of nature. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Satisfying soul food for your inner geek: an enjoyable tour of science fact and fiction by a writer who obviously revels in both."
Space travel. Time travel. Travels in other dimensions. Microwaves. Whatever smacks of the future is the product of science—but imagined by science fiction first. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Readers will enjoy Clegg's lively, enthusiastic account of the technical barriers to exploring the universe, but for the first steps, they should follow the news from China, the only nation with an active manned space program. Angry at being excluded from the ISS by the U.S., China would love to deliver some kind of payback."
Although it's a cliché, space actually does remain the last frontier, according to British science writer Clegg (Extra Sensory: The Science and Pseudoscience of Telepathy and Other Powers of the Mind, 2013, etc.) in this imaginative account of how to rekindle the thrill of the Apollo program and launch further pioneering voyages. Read full book review >
Released: May 21, 2013

"Clegg accomplishes the impressive feat of persuading readers that ESP might exist, while delivering a delightfully astute examination of the current evidence, which remains frustratingly feeble."
Prolific British science writer Clegg (Gravity: How the Weakest Force in the Universe Shaped Our Lives, 2012) takes ESP seriously but resists the temptation to add to the prolific genre that appeals to enthusiasts ("Of course, there are charlatans, BUT…"). Read full book review >
Released: May 22, 2012

"The downside (for readers) is that Einstein's version of gravity is more complicated than Newton's, but Clegg's skills never flag, and his account remains lucid and free of jargon, bad jokes and math phobia."
Although by far the feeblest of the four universal forces, gravity is the only one we experience continuously. Every inquisitive person should read a book about it, preferably this one by prolific British science writer Clegg (How to Build a Time Machine: The Real Science of Time Travel, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"A solid overview of some of the quirkier corners of physics, with an entertaining connection to pop culture."
Not quite a how-to, but a survey of the science behind time travel—if anyone ever invents it. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"For those curious about how civilization might end, Clegg provides an ingenious, well-executed narrative of the many possibilities."
The nuts-and-bolts details behind a score of catastrophic scenarios, from nuclear disaster to global warming to worldwide epidemics. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Anyone looking for an introduction to or a refresher course in cosmology need look no further. "
Excellent popular history of how humans understand the universe. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A readable, idea-packed look at the outer limits of human potential."
Human enhancement is nothing new, declares this British science writer; it began almost as soon as our ancestors came out of the trees. Read full book review >