Science author

Too many people find science dull and uninspiring. It shouldn't be. It's about how everything works. Us, our world, our universe. It's life and death stuff. And great science writing brings to life the people involved and the remarkable stories of their discoveries.

Brian Clegg is an award-winning British science writer and public speaker who has written over 30 popular science books and a growing range of novels - if you aren’t sure where to start, take a look at the Science Books list and flip through what’s on offer.

He still manages to surprise me with something new on every page.

Alain de Botton (Mail on Sunday)

Looking for some mental stimulation? There's a free bonus puzzle on the Conundrum website.

Science books

With over 30 popular science books in print, Brian focuses primarily on physics and mathematics, but a number of broad titles help introduce the fun of science to the wider public. These include Inflight Science and The Universe Inside You, plus his popular science quiz books How Many Moons Does the Earth Have? and What Colour is the Sun?

Two of Brian's books have been longlisted for the Royal Society Prize for science books - A Brief History of Infinity and Dice World - whilst his analysis of green issues, Ecologic, which led to him being described as a 'green heretic' won the IVCA Clarion Award.

Whatever your experience of science, there's something to fascinate.


Sometimes you need something completely different to read. There's brain stimulation in Brian's puzzle and cipher challenge Conundrum (described by the Daily Mail as the most fiendish book of the year.

Brian's Stephen Capel series of murder mysteries bring the traditional murder mystery into the twenty-first century and provide an entertaining antidote to Scandi Noir. If you prefer you murders more interactive, he has also produced a book of twelve mystery events, Organizing a Murder, providing everything you need to run an event for adults or children.

And if science fiction is more your thing, check out Brian's YA novel Xenostorm: Rising, exploring the impact of an intelligent cloud of nanobots on the future of human life.

Other non-fiction

Brian has written widely on creativity and innovation - this section includes his most effective titles to help with your creativity, plus a guide to getting a non-fiction book published.


Brian is available to give talks at science and literary festivals, schools, libraries and corporate events. Find details of talks available, plus his currently scheduled public events.

Take a dip into optical illusions with Brian's The Universe Inside You…


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What Do You Think You Are?


Full of fascinating true stories – featuring royal ancestors, stellar deaths, real-life hobbits and a self-reproducing crayfish, to name a few – this wide-ranging exploration of what makes you you is a one-of-a-kind voyage of (self) discovery.

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Joining Hive

As well as links to Amazon we are adding links to - the UK online bookshop that supports local independent bookstores. Click the yellow button below to visit Hive:

Challenge Conundrum!

Brian's book Conundrum is a fun, fiendish mind-expander, combining puzzles, ciphers, lateral thinking and general knowledge. There are 200 challenges in all in 20 different categories - and the whole thing builds to combined solution. Makes a great gift and an ideal holiday puzzle book.

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Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Dark Matter and Dark Energy, is now available. All the matter and light we can see in the universe makes up a trivial 5 per cent of everything. The rest is hidden. This could be the biggest puzzle that science has ever faced. Read more…

Stephen Capel #6

The latest addition to the Stephen Capel novels - A Fall from Grace - is now available. When a body is discovered in Bath Abbey, fallen through the great East window, Stephen Capel and Vicky Denning are drawn into a strange treasure hunt that has deadly consequences.
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Hear Brian discuss quantum entanglement on Radio 4's Today programme.

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