Great & lucid explanation of the physics and an extremely humbling reminder if of human insignificance. Both individually & as a species.
it was ok ,,a lot about the scientists not enough about the science
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.
This is a wonderful book that tells the history of Cosmology, what the scientist know & especially how they know what they know about the universe...Which is absolutely fascinating!
This book should be read by all the Christians & other religious people who claim scientist have no way of knowing the things they claim, scientist just guess or make things up to debunk religion, etc.
Just to be clear this book is NOT a science vs religion book at all...I am simply pointing out the fact that religious people who think & have been taught that science is just opinion, especially American Christians, should sit down & read this book if they are interested in knowing the truth about how science works. And of course knowing what our current understanding of the universe is & yes the areas where we know very little.
I'm sorry, this is not a book about "Dark Matter" or "Dark Energy", or even "The 4% Universe". The only part of the title that gives a hint as to what this book is about is the "Race to Discover..." part, but even that is making it sound more interesting than it is.
What this really is, is a dull account of how a lot of scientists haggled and fought over who'd get the credit for various discoveries. It's exceedingly dull. If you're interested in the discoveries themselves, and in learning interested and wonderful facts about our universe, read something by Brian Greene or Stephen Hawking or Leonard Mlodinow. If you haven't yet read everything Carl Sagan wrote, then read one of those. Only read this if you want to know how prideful, self-important scientists fought each other over who got the credit.
Geeks rule the world!
Loved the history, the scientific detail, each night I got home and was digging through my old books or doing Internet searches to refresh myself on some of the subjects covered in greater detail. The author seemed to have a bias towards the High-Z team over the SCP team. The one detracting issue I had was that the author never seemed to finish up on anything...
It was well-read by Porter, so I'd try another of his books. Panek is a competent writer but I would hesitate because some of what he covers is not of interest to me. I find the politics frustrating.
Perhaps Demon Under the Microscope because it's not solely about the science.
He provided enough emotion to bring the characters to life.
Maybe when they figure out what Dark Matter is a follow-up would be justified.
This book isn't bad and I kind of feel it deserves more than 3 stars. I suppose on a 10-star scale I'd give it 7 stars, if that helps.
If you are a fan of physics in general, you will recognize almost all of this. There are no surprises, although the author links several important discoveries together well. He discusses the subject in a meaningful and fun manner, and generally progresses forward slowly through time.
He spends a significant amount of time on the various foibles of assumption and mistakes. But this just makes it more real and interesting. For a student of physics absolutely no surprises of any kind, but still kind of fun.
I would call it a review overall. Pick it up on sale and enjoy it.
I really like learning the history behind discoveries, not just a date and line about what was discovered. These Scientists are real people, warts and all, and this book presents them in a realistic way.