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.
Interesting book for the non-cientific community but sold under false advertisement.
The book itself is easy to follow and has an enthrilling narrative of the fight the cosmologists have held for a while to become the first to discover the ultimate explanation behind the universe. It has a lot of interesting data and milestones, though.
What i did not like at all is that the whole book is more about the "race" with just a tiny portion towards the end actually talking about dark matter and energy themselves.
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.