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This is an indispensable guide to physics that offers readers an overview of the most popular physics topics written in an accessible, irreverent, and engaging manner while still maintaining a tone of wry skepticism. Even the novice will be able to follow along, as the topics are addressed using plain English and (almost) no equations. Veterans of popular physics will also find their nagging questions addressed, like whether the universe can expand faster than light, and for that matter, what the universe is expanding into anyway.
Gives a one-stop tour of all the big questions that capture the public imagination including string theory, quantum mechanics, parallel universes, and the beginning of time.
Explains serious science in an entertaining, conversational, and easy-to-understand way.
Includes dozens of delightfully groan-worthy cartoons that explain everything from special relativity to Dark Matter.
Filled with fascinating information and insights, this book will both deepen and transform your understanding of the universe.
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By Paul on 10-25-12
Physics even I can understand
I skipped physics in senior high school, doing biology instead. And I managed to fail that in Year 12. But I love reading about cosmology and the universe, and this book has been a great help. It deals with the big questions like whether we'll ever be able to travel through time, whether there's life out there and where we all came from, but, it's written in a way even I could understand. And yet they did it without dumbing things down. There's a lot of meat to chew on, but they made it easily digestible. I hope this gastronomic analogy doesn't put you off, because it's really a great read. The authors explain how atoms work and what the universe looks like, yet they manage this without breaking their promise to use only one equasion. If you're interested in the big questions, don't shy away from this entertaining and informative book.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
By Gabrielle on 11-19-13
a thrilling gallop through the coolest there is
Where does A User's Guide to the Universe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Oh this book was good, so so good, and I belly laughed hard at their geeky jokes which as promised were indeed groaners. The jokes were that nerd-funny I would pause the book, snort-laugh and go tell the joke to my husband who would also gasp and snort-laugh.
A great introduction to some of the coolest stuff there is to know and think about in the universe - the delivery was fantastic and the subjects extremely interesting, all explained clearly and kind to the non-geeks in the world, not that I have ever met any to ask.
I liked the author's explanation for why they do not believe the earth has been visited by flying saucers.
I liked their explanations of most things, actually.
great book, I loved it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful