I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.
I'd have difficulty comparing this book to anything outside of the Science genre, because it's very unlike anything like a Classic or Fantasy. However, the science in this book is extraordinarily interesting and explained perfectly.
I haven't read too many science books except textbooks, and this was far more entertaining than a traditional textbook.
The history of cosmology.
Excellent book, I highly recommend it.
It reviewed excellently the birth of "Cosmology", the present observable evidence relating to the birth, present state of, and probable future of the Universe.
T Rex and the Crater of Doom by Walter Alvarez. Both books are an excellent review of recent science, and how it is responsibly conducted.
His reading of science - not always the most exciting subject matter - made "real" the interaction between scientists in having different teams perform research to reach identical conclusions.
This book is not suitable for a film.
I personally know many of the scientists referred to in this work. To the best of my knowledge, the portrayal in the book is quite accurate.
I had read Brian Greene's "Fabric of the Cosmos", and enjoyed all of it but the last third that dealt with Theoretical Physics. I enjoyed all of this book by Richard Panek, including the theoretical portion. "The 4% Universe" provides a good history of the different people who have been instrumental in pushing Cosmology forward, and the ideas that they espoused. It looks at some of the rivalries and petty competitions that drove the researchers. Also, it explains theoretical physics in a way that does not make such an endeavor seem so pointless. The book leads me to feel that there is a purpose to the search for dark matter, and that there is a way that we can prove its existence. We haven't found it, but it is there. This book did not leave me with the sense of futility other physics books have left me with. It was enjoyable, it respects the humanity of the science, and it ends somehow full of hope. We are at a place in history where Physics has come to a halt, groping blindly about for the next big thing. Many authors have voiced this. The last third of "Fabric of the Cosmos" frustrated me because Physics anymore seemed like a total waste of effort and money. However, "The 4% Universe" is about Cosmology, not Physics. The author acknowledges that there is a loss of momentum as Physics casts about looking for inspiration. However, a related discipline like Cosmology is freed by the restraints that hold Physics back, because it can ignore them and go back to what it does best: observing the stars and their behavior. Maybe, just maybe, cosmologists will see the next big thing out there in the heavens.
I would. There is a lot of information and I think I could get even more out of it by listening again.
I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.
I had some great fun reading this book. It is part history, part science but mostly the story of a great race. How large is the universe? How long has it been around? How fast is it expanding? To learn this you need a unit of measurement. In astronomy this is a standard candle (a light source that you can reliably know is a certain distance away.) Two teams of scientists decide to tackle the massive obstacle of reliably finding and measuring super nova so as to ascertain if they can be used as standard candles.
Two teams race off and we watch them explore the heavens, overcome unreal challenges and do their best to answer the big questions. It's humane, funny and at times a wild ride. I had a blast listening to it. The narrator is fun and really on the material. The text bounces expertly between the history, the narrative and the science, making you feel like a part of the team.
If I had a complaint, it's this. The science is unfinished, so the book is as well. The narrative ends, but no real conclusions are drawn by the end. That's the way it is in reality, so the author didn't try to go too far with his writing. Still, I wanted more punch. That said, this is a great book. It does more than tell you a story, it makes you think about the wonder of our universe.
I was very excited to read this book, but I found the narrative disappointingly slow. I would recommend 'A Universe from Nothing' by Lawrence M. Krauss for a more entertaining book on the same subject.
This was very good, but not GREAT. A worthwhile listen if you like to know about the people and the research and debate in physics/cosmology.
I enjoyed it, loved the narration and learn quite a bit in the process. Is this the best science that I have listened to? - No but only because this book is about the details of discovery, the people, places and papers that are a part of the history of scientific discover that tries to answer the essential questions of the universe. How did it begin, and what is happening now, and what will happen in the future? This book discusses what we currently can observe and explain about energy and matter in the context of the whole universe. It gives a little bit of insight how and where these scientists work.
This was the information I have been trying to find. This fit with adding to my knowledge of God, our next life, space travel....It was very informative and gave me added insight into the life of an astronomer. Very interesting, thanks for writing it.
an overview of the events that have lead up to where we are now and the progress of these two groups; the Supernova Cosmology Project and the High-Z Supernova Search Team. I did learn quite a bit though but..... it is titled in part to assert certainty,