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.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
“The 4% Universe” is an exploration of dark matter and dark energy by creative writing academic Richard Panek. Panek has won science and non-fiction writing awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Perhaps because Panek is not a scientist, it seems “The 4% Universe” is more about Sciences' human drama than scientific understanding. For example, Panek’s explanation of candle power to determine the distance of Supernovas from earth lacks clarity because his focus is more about competition among scientists than definition and understanding of candle power and its cosmological significance; Panek writes more about names and actions of people than about 96% of the universe that awaits discovery.
Panek suggests science has not reached cosmology’s destination; because it is Science it never will, but it is on a road that leads to a better understanding of where life came from, how it exists, and maybe, how it ends.
Panek shows cosmology has evolved from astrology to physics. The study of the cosmos reveals a convergence of the miniscule with the unfathomably large.
Panek’s book is interesting but using the World Wide Web for additional information is needed to make the book worth its purchase price.
The best work of the scientific discoveries that led to the amazing existence of Dark Matter & Dark Energy…. this work presents the series of discoveries across a century in such a way that each step is understandable & explained in a means easily understandable. Recommended to my friends a great work to understand these amazing discoveries.
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..