I enjoyed this, although I did at times feel a little bogged down by the details of this story.
Anyone with an interest in astronomy, cosmology, phyics and the history behind modern science and developing scientific tbeory, will enjoy this book. It is told well but I imagine that the more intimately the reader knows the characters in the accounts given, the more enjoyable this book will be.
Ray Porter provides a very commenfable performance of narration. I am glad to have listened. Time well spent.
This book Is a great historical review of astronomy and a gripping narrative about the modern challenge to discover and define dark matter and dark energy. I
understandable by the average Joe, I found the topic and story very interesting. I've been reading "the god partial" and it follows many of the same people on the journey to discover the origin of the universe.
When I got this book I thought it was going to be talking about dark matter and dark energy and the concepts behind each but instead I got a book of the history of whining scientists about who is getting credit for what and going on and on and on and on and on and on about very little to do with dark matter or dark energy
Don't make this book your first on this subject. It's more like an intermediate level or you could struggle a bit.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
This audiobook takes us through a journey of discovery about the cosmos, what we know, and the social and professional competition between astronomers to make sense of the universe.
I highly recommend this book.
Some very good pieces of scientific information on what's out there or what's not out there and how scientists came to tat conclusion.
The internal politics etc gets too boring at times. This could be a very good read for the folks in the same field and close to these types of projects.
There were too many characters to follow in this story. I think the author should have followed 2 or 3 characters and told the history via these people. There were so many people involved that I couldn't follow the detail. I found myself dis-interested and giving up on trying to understand who was doing what. I finished this book just so I didn't have another un-finished book in my library.
How little we really understand about what's out there...
This was a great narrative about the development and people in the study of cosmology. It had me reliving a lot of my astrophysics and cosmology courses, though prior knowledge or science aptitude is by no means required. Actually, I found it incredible that I've met one or two of the people mentioned in here (like Jim Peebles, and Rocky Kolb) and their colleagues not specifically highlighted here (CMB researchers like Lyman Page and Bruce Partridge). It reminded me about what intrigued me and frustrated me about astrophysics, and about the drama and competition in the field (why I studied it, and why I left it). A great survey of the development of the field.
Great narrator, great read.