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Brian Clegg
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Popular science author and science communicator
Popular science author and science communicator

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The Cryotron Files - Iain Dey and Douglas Buck ****
This is a rip-roaring tale of remarkable technological achievements, cold war spying and a suspicious death at a very early age that has inevitably fostered conspiracy theories. Dudley Buck, the subject of the biography, made three hugely important contribu...
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Twitterbots - Tony Veale and Mike Cook ***
This is an odd one. It's an in-depth look at Twitterbots - applications designed to post on Twitter making human-like pronouncements. We start with a really interesting, if highly verbose introductory section about these programs, introducing me to lots of ...
Twitterbots - Tony Veale and Mike Cook ***
Twitterbots - Tony Veale and Mike Cook ***
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How to Speak Science - Bruce Benamran ***
I can't remember a book where my mental picture of what the star rating would be has varied so much. At first glance, it looked like a solid 4 star title. It looks fun (despite the odd title - it sounds like it's a book on public speaking for geeks) and a f...
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How to Speak Science - Bruce Benamran ***
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By the Pricking of Her Thumb (SF) - Adam Roberts *****
Sometimes a sequel betters the original - think Terminator 2 - and Adam Roberts has done this with his follow-up to The Real-Town Murders . (It's sensible to read the first book before this: while it's not essential, there are plenty of references you will ...
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One Way (SF) - S J Morden **()
If, like me, you love both SF and murder mysteries, the marketing for this book made it seem perfect. 'A murder mystery set on the frozen red wastes of Mars. Eight astronauts - one killer - No way home.'  When Agatha Christie set her first ever murder myste...
One Way (SF) - S J Morden ***(*)
One Way (SF) - S J Morden ***(*)
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Statistics can be true but misleading - shock, horror, alcohol is bad for you
Headlines on the BBC News tell us starkly (if somewhat smugly) ' No alcohol safe to drink, global study confirms .' But like all statistically-based stories, the devil is in the detail. First port of call in any such situation is David Spiegelhalter, the Wi...
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Bits to Bitcoin - Mark Stuart Day ***
When I saw the title of this book, I got all excited - at last we were going to get an explanation of bitcoin for the rest of us, who struggle to understand what the heck it really involves. There certainly is an explanation of bitcoin, but it comes in chap...
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Bits to Bitcoin - Mark Stuart Day ***
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The Wrong Stars (SF) - Tim Pratt ***
This solid space opera is sold as as being 'ridiculously fun' and 'fun, funny...' - so I was expecting something rather Douglas Adams-like - but it's certainly no comedy in space. The characters certainly attempt banter, but to be honest it's not very good ...
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Through Two Doors at Once - Anil Ananthaswamy *****
It's sometimes hard to imagine that there's anything new to say about the basics of quantum physics, yet Anil Ananthaswamy manages this in a twofold manner (appropriately, given the title). Through Two Doors at Once does so by using the double slit experime...
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Meet Your Bacteria - Nicola Temple and Catherine Whitlock ***
There have been a good number of books on our microbiome - the bacteria and other tiny organisms living in our body - from The Wild Life of Our Bodies through I, Superorganism to I Contain Multitudes . Each of these is a traditional popular science book for...
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