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    DescriptionWhy do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing? In "What a Wonderful World", Marcus Chown, bestselling author of "Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You" and the "Solar System" app, uses his vast scientific knowledge and deep understanding of extremely complex processes to answer simple questions about the workings of our everyday lives. Lucid, witty and hugely entertaining, it explains the basics of our essential existence, stopping along the way to show us why the Atlantic is widening by a thumbs' length each year, how money permits trade to time travel why the crucial advantage humans had over Neanderthals was sewing and why we are all living in a giant hologram.


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    Title
    What a Wonderful World
    Subtitle
    One Man's Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marcus Chown
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 583 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571278404
    ISBN 10: 057127840X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
    BIC subject category V2: PD
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    Libri: ENGM4500
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    DC23: 500
    Edition statement
    Export - Airside ed
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    03 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist. He is the author of the bestselling Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never Ending Days of Being Dead and The Magic Furnace. He also wrote The Solar System, the bestselling app for iPad, which won the Future Book Award 2011, and has also written a work for children, Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil.