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A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty | [Dave Goldberg, Jeff Blomquist]

A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty

This is an indispensable guide to physics that offers readers an overview of the most popular physics topics written in an accessible, irreverent, and engaging manner while still maintaining a tone of wry skepticism. Even the novice will be able to follow along, as the topics are addressed using plain English and (almost) no equations. Veterans of popular physics will also find their nagging questions addressed, like whether the universe can expand faster than light.
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Publisher's Summary

Answers to science's most enduring questions from "Can I break the light-speed barrier like on Star Trek?" and "Is there life on other planets?" to "What is empty space made of?"

This is an indispensable guide to physics that offers readers an overview of the most popular physics topics written in an accessible, irreverent, and engaging manner while still maintaining a tone of wry skepticism. Even the novice will be able to follow along, as the topics are addressed using plain English and (almost) no equations. Veterans of popular physics will also find their nagging questions addressed, like whether the universe can expand faster than light, and for that matter, what the universe is expanding into anyway.

Gives a one-stop tour of all the big questions that capture the public imagination including string theory, quantum mechanics, parallel universes, and the beginning of time.

Explains serious science in an entertaining, conversational, and easy-to-understand way.

Includes dozens of delightfully groan-worthy cartoons that explain everything from special relativity to Dark Matter.

Filled with fascinating information and insights, this book will both deepen and transform your understanding of the universe.

©2010 Dave Goldberg and Jeff Blomquist (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Paul Plympton, Australia 10-25-12
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    "Physics even I can understand"

    I skipped physics in senior high school, doing biology instead. And I managed to fail that in Year 12. But I love reading about cosmology and the universe, and this book has been a great help. It deals with the big questions like whether we'll ever be able to travel through time, whether there's life out there and where we all came from, but, it's written in a way even I could understand. And yet they did it without dumbing things down. There's a lot of meat to chew on, but they made it easily digestible. I hope this gastronomic analogy doesn't put you off, because it's really a great read. The authors explain how atoms work and what the universe looks like, yet they manage this without breaking their promise to use only one equasion. If you're interested in the big questions, don't shy away from this entertaining and informative book.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Gabrielle Wamboin, Australia 11-19-13
    Gabrielle Wamboin, Australia 11-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "a thrilling gallop through the coolest there is"
    Where does A User's Guide to the Universe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Oh this book was good, so so good, and I belly laughed hard at their geeky jokes which as promised were indeed groaners. The jokes were that nerd-funny I would pause the book, snort-laugh and go tell the joke to my husband who would also gasp and snort-laugh.

    A great introduction to some of the coolest stuff there is to know and think about in the universe - the delivery was fantastic and the subjects extremely interesting, all explained clearly and kind to the non-geeks in the world, not that I have ever met any to ask.

    I liked the author's explanation for why they do not believe the earth has been visited by flying saucers.

    I liked their explanations of most things, actually.

    great book, I loved it.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Juha Hyvinkaa, Finland 06-09-14
    Juha Hyvinkaa, Finland 06-09-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a math teacher in a vocational school. I want to become a physics teacher also. Self development, teaching and upbringing intrest me.

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    Would you listen to A User's Guide to the Universe again? Why?

    I did actually listen this a couple of times and I think I will listen it some more times.

    I am becoming a physics teacher and I SHOULD know MUCH about these things. Unfortunately my background knowledge is somewhat shady.Luckily there are books like this that do not require so much background.I have never been so keen on kosmology but these kind of books makes me ponder the connection with the smallest known things in conjunction with the greatest things we know and the big mystery of life ( = the uncertainty / free will of a particle). I think listening books like this makes ones life a beutiful.


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    melissa mairtta, GA, United States 09-02-13
    melissa mairtta, GA, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    What made the experience of listening to A User's Guide to the Universe the most enjoyable?

    it felt like he was talking to me


    Have you listened to any of Mark F. Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    this was my frist listen to mark and it was a lot of fun


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    enjoy your book nerd


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Carole Park, Australia 07-31-13
    Jan Carole Park, Australia 07-31-13 Listener Since 2006

    Love Books and listen while working out and on the way to and from work

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    It's well written and quite easy to follow but at the same time due to the concepts discussed it will be easier to read the book rather then listing to it. I had to rewind quite a few times as it not like a fiction book where if you miss a few sentences you can still follow the story.

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    Marsha L. Woerner Chicago area 05-18-13
    Marsha L. Woerner Chicago area 05-18-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Not a good venue for audiobook!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I only made it half-way through! Between the form of the book and the narrator, it was a TERRIBLY yedious and BORING listen! Reading through charts and tables is NOT good entertainment or even education!


    What didn’t you like about Mark F. Smith’s performance?

    Boring and colorless! I would like to hear him with a different work; I'd like to ne able to say that it was primarily the subject.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    None. Boredom. Not even curiosity...


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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