As always, Porter is an excellent steward for the work. He imbues excitement and energy into a topic that is difficult. His narration helped bring the individual players to life.
Really excellent science book explaining how scientists discovered dark matter and dark energy (and thus realized that we had only been looking at about 4% -- or, per more recent measurements 5% -- of our universe). The author does an admirable job trying to make the subject matter accessible to a lay reader. It is that difficult balance between giving sufficient detail to be accurate and not overwhelming a reader who does not possess advanced degrees in physics and astronomy. I think Panek largely succeeds, and where he doesn't it isn't really his fault - you can only make things so simple, at some point this science is a heavy lift. What is really refreshing is that he not only walks you through the discoveries, the advances, the struggle for primacy in the field, but he also imbues the players (dozens of scientists) with personalities. I believe this is a book I'll reread again, just to really grasp the subject matter. Recommended for those who would like to see how much more there is to the universe than meets the eye.
No, the story never develops into much more than a chronology of dates, names, and obscure numbers that measure their observations. The books attempts to build drama out of dates, measurements, and teams of cosmologists, physicists, and astronomers competing to beat each other to recognition. Unfortunately this is done mostly through... dates, names, and obscure numbers without any real interesting story or character development. Ray Porter the excellent narrator is the only thing that kept me clicking "play".
No, the story never develops into much more than a chronology of dates, names, and obscure numbers that measure their observations.
Ray is AWESOME. I wouldn't have made it through this with many other narrators. He really has a talent for emphasis, clear enunciation, and genuinely makes the very limited dialogue interesting.
Never, there just isn't anything there to make a story about.
Intriguing title that delivers on little engagement.
I have over 500 books in my library
I am not sure, maybe not it depends on the content and whether the author is knowledgeable of the subject.
The useless and uninteresting details of the astronomers and physicist life.
Kinda disappointed I thought this book would go deep into what dark energy and dark matter actually are but the book doesn't. I am not sure I learned much new from this book.
I thought the book was very interesting because it gave such a thorough history of astrophysics, physics and astronomy. It was a bit mind bending at times for a lay person, and sometimes tracking the names of the different research teams was a challenge. But I really enjoyed learning how we have arrived at our current understanding of the universe.
This book puts emphasis on the Astronomers and Physicist involved with some of the biggest discoveries leading up to 2010. It tells the stories of why each discovery, project, and telescope were so important to future generations. You'll get insight to how big discoveries actually happen in the real world through hard work and a few eurekas.
This book is more a historical narrative of the events and personalities that have contributed to the current understanding of the universe (cosmology). That understanding includes contributions from astronomers, physicists, and (interestingly enough) particle physicists. Only about 5% actually describes the science, but does so quite well. I found it all quite interesting and revealing, especially how tools like the Hubble Space Telescope were critical.
This was my first book on cosmology, I'm about 9 months in and I'm now a expert on the related subjects, quantum mechanics, particle physics and cosmology (Without the Math). I've listened to book after book and some up to 6 times, including this one, 4 times. I was new to audible, and depending on available credits and type of traffic, you may not listen to it 4 times.
This is the highest quality audio I have ever heard in a book, complemented by an outstanding narrator. He really is great. (Really should download at high-quality, it does matter)
I'm so happy to have started my journey into this subject with this book. It gave me a foundation that was absolutely flawless. It's not as scientific, as much as it is history. It does have just enough spaced out but it's not about the science, it's about the 2 teams, making history. It must have been very boring in real life, (a competition to look at changes to dots ) but it reads like an epic adventure, it really does and deserves to be. Most importantly it introduces you to many, so many more real people that you will hear of again, and these people should certainly be known.
If your into cosmology, particle physics, I don't see how you can get by without knowing this history.
This is 96% academic gossip, 4% science. The book is mistitled. Unless you enjoy chit chat, look elsewhere.
A great book. Well written easy to understand and follow. Narration was outstanding. Best to listen at least 2 times at 1.25x.