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Brian Clegg

The Universe Inside You

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 bestselling 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.
294 printed pages
Copyright owner
Bookwire
Original publication
2012
Publication year
2012
Publisher
Icon Books
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  • b8453453735has quoted9 months ago
    The DNA in human chromosome 1 is the largest molecule known, with around 10 billion atoms in it.
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    He even studied sections of cork. In these he saw an ‘infinite company of tiny boxes’ which he likened to the cells occupied by monks in a monastery. The biological cell is named after a monk’s bedroom
  • b8453453735has quoted9 months ago
    Underlying water’s importance is a unique collection of properties. It’s the only compound that exists as solid, liquid and gas at the typical temperatures we experience on the Earth’s surface

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