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On March 21, 2013, the European Space Agency released a map of the afterglow of the big bang. Taking in 440 sextillion kilometers of space and 13.8 billion years of time, it is physically impossible to make a better map: We will never see the early universe in more detail. On the one hand, such a view is the apotheosis of modern cosmology; on the other, it threatens to undermine almost everything we hold cosmologically sacrosanct. The map contains anomalies that challenge our understanding of the universe. It will force us to revisit what is known and what is unknown, to construct a new model of our universe.
This is the first book to address what will be an epoch-defining scientific paradigm shift. Stuart Clark will ask if Newton's famous laws of gravity need to be rewritten, if dark matter and dark energy are just celestial phantoms. Can we ever know what happened before the big bang? What's at the bottom of a black hole? Are there universes beyond our own? Does time exist? Are the once immutable laws of physics changing?
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By Jared on 09-11-16
Engaging Update on past few years in Astrophysics
One of my favorite books is "The 4% Universe", and having devoured that and most of the other Astronomy/Astrophysics/Physics/Cosmology books available ("Quantum", The Fabric of the Cosmos, Warped Passages, The Lightness of Being, A Universe from Nothing) I've been anxious for a book that would include the past ~7 yrs experiments and the resulting evolving conjectures of scientists. This is that book, basically. My only complaints are that it at some points it tries to nod to less-technical readers (such as re-explaining the Doppler Effect, then not even presenting or using the name "Doppler Effect"), and, at 8 hrs, for being disappointingly short. I would have enjoyed deeper dives into alternative theories and some coverage of the scientists developing them.
Still, a good contribution to popular science and definitely worth the read.
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By Daniel L on 03-17-17
Very Interesting Information - Poor Reader
Would you listen to The Unknown Universe again? Why?
Yes. There is quite a bit of science history in this book and well worth the time to listen several times to get it all straight. That is, if you can stay awake through the monotone of the reader.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Hoye?
Hoye reads this book like its a set of instructions for an appliance. He is literally devoid of any passion at all. You get the feeling that some newscaster is just reading one line after another that appears in front of him, glossing over parts that, if read with a little heart, would have been humorous. Instead, Hoye chooses unending monotony of voice and inflection.
20 of 21 people found this review helpful