Mapping the Heavens provides a tour of the "greatest hits" of cosmological discoveries - the ideas that reshaped our universe over the past century.
The cosmos, once understood as a stagnant place filled with the ordinary, is now a universe that is expanding at an accelerating pace, propelled by dark energy and structured by dark matter. Priyamvada Natarajan, our guide to these ideas, is at the forefront of the research - an astrophysicist who literally creates maps of invisible matter in the universe. She not only explains for a wide audience the science behind these essential ideas but also provides an understanding of how radical scientific theories gain acceptance.
The formation and growth of black holes, dark matter halos, the accelerating expansion of the universe, the echo of the big bang, the discovery of exoplanets, and the possibility of other universes - these are some of the puzzling cosmological topics of the early 21st century. Natarajan discusses why the acceptance of new ideas about the universe and our place in it has never been linear and has always been contested even within the scientific community. And she affirms that, shifting and incomplete as science always must be, it offers the best path we have toward making sense of our wondrous, mysterious universe.
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If you have already listened to several other audible books on this topic, and then wanted to write a book about those big moments, it's this book.
Lots of science books must recap historic moments, but this book is a recap of those recaps, recapped into a single book of recaps recapped. Enjoy!
She gives credit to some authors when its due. But it's just the same exact story. I'm positive she listened to the same audiobooks I did and just wrote about it. Im almost positive. She does add a little bit of original knowledge, but it's not enough.
If you're new to this area in science, and have no idea who did what, and how, by all means this is a very solid recap of those major events.
Do you know what pigeons and the cosmic microwave background have in common? Do you know who Edwin Hubble is ? If you answer is no, then enjoy this book.
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