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The Universe Inside You : The Extreme Science of the Human Body from Quantum Theory to the Mysteries of the Brain - Brian Clegg

The Universe Inside You

The Extreme Science of the Human Body from Quantum Theory to the Mysteries of the Brain

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Fascinating facts and mind-boggling science of the human body.

Built from the debris of exploding stars that floated through space for billions of years, home to a zoo of tiny aliens, and controlled by a brain with more possible connections than there are atoms in the universe, the human body is the most incredible thing in existence.

In the sequel to his best-selling Inflight Science, Brian Clegg explores mitochondria, in-cell powerhouses which are thought to have once been separate creatures; how your eyes are quantum traps, consuming photons of light from the night sky that have travelled for millions of years; your many senses, which include the ability to detect warps in space and time, and why meeting an attractive person can turn you into a gibbering idiot.

Read The Universe Inside You and you'll never look at yourself the same way again.

About the Author

Brian Clegg is a science journalist and writer. His previous books include Inflight Science (Icon, 2011), Before the Big Bang (St Martin's Griffin, 2011), Armageddon Science (St Martin's Press, 2010), and A Brief History of Infinity (Robinson Publishing, 2003).

'The Universe Inside You is science writer Brian Clegg's latest attempt to catalogue a world of science that you probably should remember from school but never quite paid enough attention to.' -- New Scientist '[The Universe Inside You] explains the inner workings of your body in order to explore the outermost workings of the universe. I'm completely gripped.' -- Jessica Powell, Top Sante

Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
In the mirrorp. 1
On reflectionp. 2
A single hairp. 5
The colours of naturep. 6
Dyeing to be attractivep. 7
Worrying about hair lossp. 8
To make allies, lose your hairp. 10
Lost in spacep. 14
A lousy measurementp. 17
Getting under your skinp. 18
What is stuff made of?p. 20
Battered by moleculesp. 21
Empty atoms and electromagnetic bottomsp. 23
Exploring an atom's innardsp. 24
No miniature solar systemp. 26
Taking a quantum leapp. 27
The charm of quarksp. 28
The messy standard modelp. 29
Is it solid, liquid or gas?p. 31
The fourth state of matterp. 33
Enter the condensatep. 35
Every kind of stuffp. 37
You are what you eatp. 38
Components that pre-date the Earthp. 39
A sprinkling of stardustp. 41
Locked up in a cellp. 43
Cursing the pain awayp. 43
A living liquidp. 44
The signs of lifep. 44
Are your cells alive?p. 46
A voyage through your bloodstreamp. 47
The special moleculep. 48
A company of tiny boxesp. 51
The superstar moleculep. 52
Your own special codep. 55
The invaders in your cellsp. 56
Wearing your alien genesp. 58
Your trillions of tiny stowawaysp. 59
A useful appendixp. 61
Bacteria don't know the five-second rulep. 62
Worming their way into your affectionp. 63
The noble leechp. 64
Aliens in the eyelashesp. 65
Seeing smallp. 66
The rays that don't stop givingp. 67
Cats and nuclear resonancep. 69
Hunting the elusive neutrinop. 71
The neutrinos light couldn't catchp. 73
Through fresh eyesp. 76
In Orion's beltp. 76
Seeing into the pastp. 79
Waves or particles?p. 80
Bursting from the heart of a starp. 81
The 1,340-year star trekp. 82
The distorting lensp. 83
The Baywatch principlep. 85
Looking through a lentilp. 86
Through a glass, darklyp. 87
The messy colours of sightp. 89
Picking up the photonsp. 91
From light to mindp. 93
Your artificial view of the worldp. 95
Quantum realityp. 97
Through Young's slitsp. 98
Uncertainty reignsp. 100
Getting entangledp. 101
A normal whole from quantum partsp. 103
A galactic featp. 104
Glow-in-the-dark urinep. 106
Remnants of the Big Bang?p. 108
The expanding universep. 109
The probable Big Bangp. 112
Playing with modelsp. 113
The out-of-control universep. 115
A quasar too farp. 117
Black hole mythsp. 118
Building a black holep. 119
The non-eternal sunshinep. 121
The power source of lifep. 123
Is there anybody out there?p. 124
The intelligence testp. 126
We are isolated, if not alonep. 127
Marching on the stomachp. 129
Your inner chemistryp. 129
Reach for a chunk of rockp. 130
The evil compound of lifep. 132
Adding a little fizzp. 133
Sitting at Dmitri's tablep. 134
Meet element 114p. 136
Heavy metal or noble gas?p. 138
Turning food into energyp. 140
Hot food is good foodp. 141
The cup that cheersp. 142
Food of the godsp. 144
The winners' drugp. 146
From chemical energy to moving musclep. 148
Making work happenp. 149
The great bumble bee mysteryp. 150
The elastic kangaroop. 151
Heat on the movep. 152
No perpetual motion machinesp. 155
The energy Crookesp. 156
Infinite clean energyp. 157
Entropy increasesp. 158
The physics of monstersp. 159
Staying on two legsp. 161
Fidgets and knuckle-crackersp. 161
Feeling dizzyp. 163
Counting the sensesp. 163
From compression wave to brain wavep. 166
Audible illusionsp. 167
The sound of emotionp. 167
All in good tastep. 168
Flavours and taste budsp. 170
The mineral in the kitchen cupboardp. 171
Sniffing your way aroundp. 172
Scenting a matep. 173
À la recherche de odeur perdup. 175
The sense that's everywherep. 175
Seeing with your skinp. 176
A sense of painp. 176
Finding your own nosep. 178
Sensing the acceleratorp. 179
Weight and massp. 180
Push me pull youp. 182
The occult forcep. 183
Warping space and timep. 184
Falling and missingp. 185
No more action at a distancep. 187
Slowing your clocksp. 189
The force of creationp. 190
The force of electricity and magnetismp. 191
Going with the currentp. 193
Into the nucleusp. 196
The close-up forcep. 197
Travelling through timep. 198
Light gets relativep. 199
Tunnelling through timep. 200
Build your own time machinep. 201
The paradoxes of timep. 203
Breathing easier at the theme parkp. 204
Two by twop. 205
What do you mean, attractive?p. 205
Birds do it, bees do it…p. 206
You can't make an omelette without breaking eggsp. 208
Doing it the prehistoric wayp. 208
The Stone Age technology in the parkp. 210
Dog as prostheticp. 212
Genetic engineering the natural wayp. 213
The mighty 23p. 215
Beyond the genep. 218
Similarities and differencesp. 220
Attack of the clonesp. 222
Hello Dollyp. 224
Growing old gracefullyp. 226
Crowning gloryp. 228
What goes on inside your headp. 228
Brains weren't made for mathsp. 230
Open the doorp. 231
The two-boy problemp. 233
A test of your understandingp. 236
But what does it mean?p. 237
You must remember thisp. 239
Solid state versus squishy statep. 241
Remembering how it's donep. 241
Remembering stuffp. 242
I know the facep. 243
Take down my phone numberp. 245
I remember that tail from somewherep. 245
The brain scribblep. 246
Writing with picturesp. 247
Did you hear about my mummy?p. 249
Abjads to alphabetsp. 250
It sounds capitalp. 251
Are you human?p. 252
Would you kill to save lives?p. 255
Trusting and ultimatumsp. 257
Weighing up the optionsp. 259
Allowing for all the factorsp. 260
It could be youp. 261
Economics gets it wrongp. 263
Did you do that consciously?p. 263
Mood swings and comfort breaksp. 265
The brain's own painkillersp. 267
Homeopathic misdirectionp. 268
The ethics of placebosp. 269
Mirror, mirrorp. 271
Building your ancestor towerp. 271
How many colours in the rainbow?p. 272
No sudden changesp. 273
A failure to link upp. 274
The babel of towersp. 275
Proud to be 'just a theory'p. 276
Newton gets it wrongp. 277
Evolving makes a lot of sensep. 278
What use is half an eye?p. 279
Science can always be proved wrongp. 281
The sense of wonderp. 282
Appendix: Finding out morep. 283
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9781848313538
ISBN-10: 1848313535
Audience: General
Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 19th June 2012
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.7  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1