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PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson have teamed up to spelunk through the enormous gaps in our cosmological knowledge, armed with their entertaining and lucid explanations of science.
In We Have No Idea, they explore the biggest unknowns in the universe, why these things are still mysteries, and what a lot of smart people are doing to figure out the answers (or at least ask the right questions). While they're at it, they helpfully demystify many complicated things we do know about, from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes. With equal doses of humor and delight, they invite us to see the universe as a vast expanse of mostly uncharted territory that's still ours to explore.
This entertaining science primer is the perfect book for anyone who's curious about all the big questions physicists are still trying to answer.
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By J. Ritt on 01-25-18
A good primer for those interested in cosmology
I'm returning this book after listening to a few chapters and skimming a few others - but it's not because I don't like it or because it's not a good book. It's a good book and I liked it very much. The information is solid, the humour is funny, the narrator is perfect for this book. It's all just right.
My *sole* issue with it is that it's too basic. Apparently I've read and know more than I realised and just didn't give myself enough credit for it. That's my fault, not the book's.
So if you're just looking into cosmology and physics, want to know more about what we don't know - such as dark energy and dark matter - and prefer to learn in a light-hearted manner, this is the book for you. If you've read most of NDGT's books and are well-versed in what we're clueless on, try something else. The same goes if you don't like (sometimes corny) jokes in your science books, skip this one.
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By Alan R. Moses on 07-10-17
It is wiser to know what you don't know
This was a fun and entertaining book, but it delivered more knowledge more effectively than any other source I can think of. The future of science has always been about the open questions more so than the suggested answers, and this audio telling is the perfect guide to leaning what those questions are and why.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful