'Brooks is an exemplary science writer ... This is the sort of science book one always hopes for. Learned, but easy to read. Packed with detail, but clear. Reading it will make you feel clever'William Leith,Daily Telegraph
Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense.Even today there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the sixteenth century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun and not the reverse. In13 Things That Don't Make SenseMichael Brooks meets thirteen modern-day anomalies that may become tomorrow's breakthroughs.Is ninety six percent of the universe missing? If no study has ever been able to definitively show that the placebo effect works, why has it become a pillar of medical science? Was the 1977 signal from outer space a transmission from an alien civilization? Spanning fields from chemistry to cosmology, psychology to physics, Michael Brooks thrillingly captures the excitement and controversy of the scientific unknown.
Michael Brooks is the author of the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don't Make Sense. In July 2011, Profile will publish his next book, Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science. He holds a PhD in quantum physics, is a consultant at New Scientist and writes a weekly column for the New Statesman
'Fascinating ... Brooks reawakens us to the astonishing fact of our mere existence, the strangeness of the world around us, and the astonishing amount that science has yet to discover', Christopher Hart, Sunday Times
'Outstanding non-fiction reading', Esquire
'Impressively knowledgeable, articulate', Christopher Hirst, Independent
'An admirably clear and clever writer', Evening Standard
'Proof that science gets interesting when things get weird', Weekend Australian