Edition: Hardback
ISBN: 9780571278398
No of pages: 300

Other Editions: Paperback

What a Wonderful World


Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? How does capitalism work - or not? Does time really exist? How can something invisible that comes down a wire power our civilisation? How did an advanced breed of monkey like us get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing?

In What a Wonderful World, Marcus Chown, bestselling author of We Need to Talk about Kelvin and Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, applies his deep understanding of complex things to simple questions about the workings of our everyday lives. Lucid, witty and hugely entertaining, the book explains the essence of our existence, stopping along the way to show us how babies are powered by rocket fuel, how money permits trade to time travel, why the crucial advantage humans had over Neanderthals may have been sewing and why we could all be living in a giant hologram.

If everything in our information-overloaded society has passed you by in a high-speed blur, this book will bring you quickly and painlessly up to speed on how the world of the 21st century works.


Categorised as: Non-fiction
Sub-categories: Popular Science
Genres & Themes: Useful Facts; Curiosity; Science; Trivia

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