Here the workings of your body are used as a tool to explore the science of the universe. Topics include a voyage through your bloodstream; bacteria don't know the 5-second rule; the messy colours of sight; glow-in-the-dark urine; hot food is good food; the physics of monsters; flavours and taste buds; genetic engineering the natural way; growing old gracefully; homeopathic misdirection; and the ethics of placebos. Fantastic.
Built from the debris of exploding stars that floated through space for billions of years, home to a zoo of tiny aliens, and controlled by a brain with more possible connections than there are atoms in the universe, the human body is the most incredible thing in existence. In the sequel to his bestselling Inflight Science, Brian Clegg explores mitochondria, in-cell powerhouses which are thought to have once been separate creatures; how your eyes are quantum traps, consuming photons of light from the night sky that have travelled for millions of years; your many senses, which include the ability to detect warps in space and time, and why meeting an attractive person can turn you into a gibbering idiot. Read The Universe Inside You and you'll never look at yourself the same way again.