How to Live Forever: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Science

How to Live Forever: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Science


By (author) Alok Jha

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 215mm x 24mm | 620g
  • Publication date: 2 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849164827
  • ISBN 13: 9781849164825
  • Illustrations note: 100 2-colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 19,310

Product description

How can you live forever? What does it take to create life? How can we find other universes? Will we ever talk to aliens? What do you need to build a brain? How to Live Forever is the essential survival guide for anyone who has ever been baffled by science. Embarking on a journey from the very small to the very big, readers will be taken on a glorious tour of the universe, taking in cloned sheep, alien worlds, bizarre life forms, quantum weirdness, parallel dimensions and dissected brains along the way. You'll discover how to travel through time, how to start (and cure) a plague, how the mind works, how to turn sunbeams into oak trees, how to boil a planet, how Harry Potter's cloak of invisibility works and much, much more. Both informative and enjoyable, this is a rip-roaring tour through the wonders of the natural world.

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Author information

Alok Jha is a science and environment correspondent at the Guardian newspaper, specialising in green technologies. In addition to writing news and comment, he presents the Science Weekly podcast and looks after the Guardian's science website. He graduated with a physics degree from Imperial College London.

Table of contents

How to clone a sheep. How to start a plague. How to live forever. How to heal the sick. How to build a brain. How to turn sunbeams into oak trees. How to become invisible. How to put the world in order. How to make artificial life. How to build a Universe. How to find ET. How to join up the Universe. How to make lightning. How to put the Universe to work. How to split an atom. How to know the mind of God. How to age slower than your twin. How to get life started. How to predict the unpredictable. How to fight for survival. How to boil a planet. How to build an Earth. How to control the weather. How to survive in space. How to find the missing parts of the Universe. How to programme your genes. How to find other universes. How to break codes. How to live with uncertainty. How to know yourself. How to spot a pseudoscientist. How to become a cyborg. How to read minds. How to think like an ant. How to save the world. Glossary. Index.