I wish I had researched this book just a little bit before impulse buying it - then I would not have bought it at all. Part way through listening, something just wasn't sitting well with me in the way the author was treating some of 13 topics. Some things just didn't sound right to me, or like the author must be veering away from mainstream science into fringe ideas. Then with the section on homeopathy came the realization that I couldn't trust anything in the book. Homeopathy is pure bunk, with zero possible way it could ever work, period. In my opinion, it seems that at least some of these topics were made to seem more mysterious than they do in real life through the selective omission of relevant data. Data which would have shown that the topics make more sense than would have justified having them in a book with this title; or even show them to be patently false as with homeopathy. A few of the topics I enjoyed, but by the end the author had simply lost my trust in what he was saying.
I didn't care for this book too much. The title is accurate and the information well presented, but I found it frustrating. 13 topics were presented that were intellectually challenging or scientifically nuanced, but, as the title warns, not explained. I guess I needed some resolution to the many imponderables. I much more enjoyed "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson. The book was well done and the narrator was good, but I didn't enjoy the book.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
This book has some very interesting moments but is flawed by the many references to evolution.
This book has been a great learning experience for me. It has concisely and clearly put some very complex concepts in prospective, and tide them together. It has shown me how little we know, and how far science has to go. It is not for the novice, you need to have some background in Physics in order to follow it well and understand the dilemmas and contradictions he tries to point out.
I enjoyed the book thoroughly but I love physics and astronomy.
dark matter. cold fusion. homeopathic remedies. These and exactly 10 other topics are covered (although some of the 13 sounded like subparts of others). too scientifically detailed for me. hardly layman descriptions. i like my science from the likes of Bill Bryson. read with a haughty sounding british accent.
Good book interesting except for the part about people not having free will was a bit lame.
I have to say first that I really didn't give this book a fair chance. But, the main reason is because I found the book so boring that I couldn't pay attention long enough to really get anything worthwhile out of the book. My husband finds the subject interesting but agrees that the delivery is a bit dry. I would only recommend it if you are really into the topic of the book.