What Do You Think You Are?: The Science of What Makes You You

What Do You Think You Are?: The Science of What Makes You You

by Brian Clegg


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Popular science master Brian Clegg’s new book is an entertaining tour through the science of what makes you you. From the atomic level, through life and energy to genetics and personality, it explores how the billions of particles which make up you – your DNA, your skin, your memories – have come to be.

It starts with the present-day reader and follows a number of trails to discover their origins: how the atoms in your body were created and how they got to you in space and time, the sources of things you consume, how the living cells of your body developed, where your massive brain and consciousness originated, how human beings evolved and, ultimately, what your personal genetic history reveals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785786235
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 07/14/2020
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Brian Clegg’s most recent books for Icon are Professor Maxwell’s Duplicitous Demon and Conundrum. He has also written Big Data and Gravitational Waves for the Hot Science series. He is editor of popularscience.co.uk and blogs at brianclegg.blogspot.com.

Read an Excerpt

  • You are definitely descended from royalty - if you have European ancestors, for example, Charlemagne is in your family tree
  • The hydrogen in your body was created soon after the Big Bang, around 13.5 billion years ago
  • The elements in your body are worth around £125
  • Your conscious mind only deals with a tiny fraction of what your brain does
  • Around 50 percent of what makes you you is genetic and epigenetic - yet you share 96% of your genes with a chimp (and 60 with a banana)
  • A big part of what makes you what you are (as opposed to the descendant of a dinosaur) was a cosmic impact on the Earth around 65 million years ago

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