I don't usually write reviews , but made made an exception for this audio program. Both the story and the narrator kept me engaged and fascinated throughout the entire book even though I was not familiar with the subject matter.
I recommend this book highly!
This book began very well - the biographical details of the physicists and astronomers was interesting, the scientific concepts were explained well, etc. However, by the end, I felt that some topics were explained much better than others (e.g., dark matter was explained better than dark energy) and the book got into too much detail about the scientists and their squabbles about who announced what first. Still, worth the time. And, as always, Ray Porter is a great reader of both fiction and non-fiction.
I enjoyed how the author did not take himself or the subject too seriously. It is a field of study that is exciting because there is so much that is unknown. That may be the one drawback to the book. If you are looking for a difinitive answer about dark matter and dark energy, you will be disappointed with the honest (and well explained) uncertainty on the subject.
I have virtually no math background, just a layman's curiosity about astronomy and particle physics. Panek lightens up the science with insight into the personality of each person on this quest. I was learning about cosmology, but also rooting for the scientists. Well done...
I struggled to finish the book. I kept hoping it would tell me more about our universe....like more about dark matter or dark energy. But the conclusion was reached, and all I had learned was, yep, there is a whole lot of stuff we don't know about our universe. And only a physicist could understand exactly HOW this conclusion was reached.
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