What a Wonderful World - Marcus Chown

What a Wonderful World by Marcus Chown quickly and painlessly brings us up to speed on how the world of the 21st century works with wit, colour and clarity. From economics to physics and biology to philosophy, Marcus Chown explains the complex forces that shape our universe. Why 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 this wonderful book Marcus Chown 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.

Book Title: 

What a Wonderful World

Subtitle: 

Life, the Universe and Everything in a Nutshell

Author: 

Chown, Marcus

Publisher: 

Faber & Faber

Edition: 

First

Year Published: 

2013

Binding: 

Hard cover

ISBN: 

9780571278398

Pages: 

424

Condition: 

Remaindered, fine

Dimensions: 

24 × 16.5 × 3.4 cm

Book Weight: 

1.367 kg

Publisher's Price: 

R415.00

Price: 

ZAR150.00 

In Stock: 

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