I love to re-read books with audible.
I started reading this book to give myself some detailed information on a subject that my students often ask me about in our Freshman Science class, what is dark matter and dark energy? This book did illuminate "how" we got to the theories that we currently have and did straighten out a few things I had conceptually wrong. Lots of this book, however, required a great deal of concentration just to follow and I'm not sure I totally followed the story. I enjoyed the historical context and though it occasionally interrupted the flow of physics it made the story more enjoyable.
Read this book only if you already know some basics of the theories or have a "Dummies" guid on hand (like I did) to follow up on the theories and vocabulary mentioned. I could see this book as an effective companion reading to a college/grad level course.
I will soon be eighty one years young. I have had a very interesting life learning from it as well as enjoying it. I just published a book.
Outstanding the well read. Researched outstanding. Easily understood fall of facts, stories and conclusions that me on the edge of your sea waiting for the next bit of well documented informationt.
Excellent! Read at a speed and clarity that was precise and easy to follow.
Yes, however I read this book or better said heard this book over a period of a week allowing me to digest its tax.
This book made it clear that there was definitely as far as today's science was able to tell dark matter as well as dark energy, and that the universe is expanding at a rapid pace, As is known matter makes up 4% of the known universe. All this being true the conclusion of this manuscript is that although science has accepted the existence of dark matter and dark energy science has only taking a baby step in understanding the how and the why of the universe. There is so much more science to be uncovered and understood!. As Plato wrote concerning Socrates when asked what do you know Socrates reply was;" I know that I do not know..
One of the best science books I have listened to on Audible. Richard Panek is a master storyteller. I was enthralled by the story of how dark energy and dark matter were discovered and how scientists reluctantly came to accept their existence. The quest to understand the story of our universe: its origin, present and possible future was as engaging as any well written adventure story.
What I liked best about this book was how it described the rare brush with the ineffable, which is one of the high points of scientific research. Perhaps these sublime moments keep some scientists going despite the many somber episodes of frustration and disappointment.
Ray Porter's narration was perfect for this book. I would strongly recommend this book.
No actual science discussion, just the background politics of science. The title of the book isn't right for the real subject matter.
Someone interested in the events of the scientist involved and the history
Not as long as other books deal with the science and aren't just a story of who studied what.
The sample narrative was misleading. I thought this book would be about the science of the universe and at least include reference to quantum mechanics and particle physics.
I was very disappointed by this book. I have never given and do not like giving a book 1 star. I like to read non-fiction, science related books,but this was an unusually frustrating read. The author seemed to struggle between telling the very dry story of scientists fighting over credit for discoveries and the science behind discovering dark energy. I was ready to drop it after the first 4 hrs but kept reading to give it a chance, but it did not improve much. I still do not quite know what dark energy or dark matter is. I did learn about many very bright and driven scientists who you would hear about otherwise. I think it would help if you knew some basics about astronomy, dark energy and dark matter before picking this up. Ray Porter also does not fit this type of book - he tries to dramatize tedious fights between scientists over trivial details and it ends up sounding quite silly at times.
This is an accurate history of the topic. Do not expect more. Written for the lay person. There is nothing new here. We await LIGO.
No much Science in it. It talks about the people working on Science. Boring. Who cares how much time it took they publish a paper, when we have no idea what is in the paper.
I listened first halves, no idea what is s Type A supernova is, but the book mention it all over.
If you are looking for a book with lots of Scientific information, you will be disappointed.
Don'r buy this. No Scientific explanation in it.
The subject was compelling, but I found that I didn't get as much out of it as a different, more low-key narration would have provided.
Vera Rubin due to the obstacles she overcame to become such a distinguished contributor to the field of astronomy and cosmology
He used too much inflection, which detracted from the story.
Say something about yourself!
I enjoyed this look into the world of Cosmology, Theoretical Physics and Astronomy. The politics were interesting, illuminating and, thank goodness, ultimately not all that important to the discoveries made.