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I try to read in unfamiliar areas every week and so I looked to "The Day We Found the Universe" and was not really disappointed. I further seek out books that are well written and read as well as informative. This book met those expectation.
In this volume Marcia Bartusiak has done an exceptional service by making this scientific story available to general readers. Her section dealing with problems of positivism in research were refreshing.
This book has enabled me to understand the contributions of Einstein, Harlow Shapely, Hubble and others to the understanding of our universe, its size and significance. Sections on Hubble were very interesting. Pages on how Einstein developed his theoretical perspective was warming. All of these players become real and human in the reading.
Readers who need to be entertained to maintain interest might be a little disappointed in this volume, however. The prose is wonderful, but will not carry the reader along on its own. Readers and listeners alike will need to concentrate or they will not benefit. Those without any background will, perhaps, not understand everything covered. There is a lot here to benefit the novice reader coming to this topic with an open mind and a the willingness to "listen up."
23 of 23 people found this review helpful
This book is a well done history of the emergence of the idea of galaxies or island universes from the 19th to the mid-20th century. The people such as Shapely and Hubble are portrayed with their foibles as well as their more admirable qualities. The narration is quite good.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book delves deeper into the personalities and politics of a crucial time in astronomy. You get a real feel for the characters and how our understanding of our place in the universe evolved. Unfortunately it is spoiled by an absolutely dreadful narrator. He chops every sentence into multiple staccato pieces and the gaps seem to occur at random places in the sentences. His voice is also monotonous and the the poor narration distracts one from the content of the book.
The book was terrific as was the narration.
In fact it is still the only book I have downloaded and listened to twice.