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From the hunt for the Higgs boson particle at the Large Hadron Collider, to the search for intelligent alien life, via the principles of baking the perfect Victoria sponge, physicist-turned-comedian Ben Miller takes us on a rollercoaster ride through his favourite parts of science.

With relentless pace, different areas of biology, chemistry and physics are blended seamlessly in a thorough and entertaining read that grabs your attention and refuses to let go.

Miller manages to engage his audience, no matter what their current understanding of science, and make serious topics such as global warming lighthearted, without watering down the facts or patronising the reader.

With a few nods to the heroes of science – Newton, Einstein, Hawking – it is evident that real passion and excitement has gone into his writing.

The finished project is a hilarious yet insightful love letter that makes you marvel at everything around us.

Rating: 9/10