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Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality by Max Tegmar, book review

There may or may not be a multiverse but there is certainly a multitude of books about the topic. In Our Mathematical Universe, Max Tegmark - a distinguished cosmologist - gives a lucid rundown of the current state of knowledge on the origin, present stat

Life at the Speed of Light by J Craig Venter - review

The maverick biologist Craig Venter has always been a speed merchant. As a child he used to gatecrash San Francisco's then unfenced airport and race planes down the runway on his bike

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health and Disease by Daniel Lieberman - review

The effect the modern western diet has had on our health and wellbeing has been a rumbling issue for decades; it has become more controversial recently thanks to the influential evolutionary perspective on the subject.

Book review: Churchill's Bomb: A hidden history of science, war and politics, By Graham Farmelo

You would never have caught Winston Churchill employing the current catch-all term "assets" for military hardware and personnel. He was interested in the details. The surprise of Graham Farmelo's very fine book is the revelation that, as early as 1926, Ch

The Compatibility Gene by Daniel M Davis - review

The hype surrounding the sequencing of the human genome from 2001 to 2003 suggested that we had now cracked the master code of life and that medical benefits would quickly flow in great profusion.

Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik - review

From plastics and porcelain to graphene and a light-as-air solid, it never pays to take manmade substances for granted Madonna called herself the Material Girl and reminded us that we are "living in a material world"; but materials, with an "s" - we take

Iron, Steam & Money: The Making of the Industrial Revolution, By Roger Osborne

Danny Boyle's Olympics opening ceremony reminded the nation not only of the power and money that stemmed from the Industrial Revolution but also of its great cultural impact. It is quite possible that many watching had forgotten we ever had such a thing b

The Burning Question by Mike Berners-Lee and Duncan Clark - review

Peter Forbes on a book showing how the City has already factored burning all available fossil fuels into share prices Humankind cannot bear very much reality but climate change will not go away: 400 parts-per-million, Prince Charles on the warpath, and h