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.
Wonderfully written more like a story of the lives of some very notable people. Includes brief examples of home life and how it pushed them harder or complicated their efforts. Includes the contributions by people I did not know their work had influenced the chase of the "missing mass" problem, later known as Dark Matter. Gives great story of the race between 2 collaborations working on super nova as a standard candle. Could say it was MIT vs Berkley but the collaborations were so much larger than that. The dirty tricks pulled by people who knew better. The eventual resolution of priority of discovery whether you agree or not. Very well written story that communicates all the technical aspects so that anyone can understand and enjoy the story as it unfolds
As it stands it's a great book. Just not what I was looking for. This is a study into the inner workings of the scientific community, end fighting and such. If that is what your interested in it is and fantastic book. I was looking for something more scientific.
Not sure yet.
He's great. No problem at all with listening to more of his work.
I didn't finish it. But remember it's not what I was looking for. Others might and probably will find it very interesting.
Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.
This book is about the birth of Cosmology; the astrophysical study of the history, structure, and constituent dynamics of the universe. We can consider it as two books in one. First it is a history of the study of the universe during the last century, particularly concerned with “inflation” the expansion of the universe and second about the competition between the men and woman in two distinct research groups and their competition to determine just why the universe is expanding. Well perhaps that would be better said, whether it was expanding and if so, where and what is the stuff making it expand?
There is so much data here about the science – all given in layman’s terms, that I think this book is a twice read to get its contents. Not the best story I have ever read but the knowledge about our universe, dark matter, dark energy and its endless nature is so intriguing that it is easily a two time listen book.
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 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.
Don't make this book your first on this subject. It's more like an intermediate level or you could struggle a bit.