A groundbreaking guide to the universe and how our latest deep-space discoveries are forcing us to revisit what we know - and what we don't.
On March 21, 2013, the European Space Agency released a map of the afterglow of the big bang. Taking in 440 sextillion kilometers of space and 13.8 billion years of time, it is physically impossible to make a better map: We will never see the early universe in more detail. On the one hand, such a view is the apotheosis of modern cosmology; on the other, it threatens to undermine almost everything we hold cosmologically sacrosanct. The map contains anomalies that challenge our understanding of the universe. It will force us to revisit what is known and what is unknown, to construct a new model of our universe.
This is the first book to address what will be an epoch-defining scientific paradigm shift. Stuart Clark will ask if Newton's famous laws of gravity need to be rewritten, if dark matter and dark energy are just celestial phantoms. Can we ever know what happened before the big bang? What's at the bottom of a black hole? Are there universes beyond our own? Does time exist? Are the once immutable laws of physics changing?
©2016 Stuart Clark, PhD (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Yes, I already plan to. I was so enthralled that I raced through it and want to go back and see what I missed. I will probably listen to it several times.
This was a very well presented synopsis of astronomy's forefront theories written in a way laymen can easily understand. Dr Clark explained several theories that I had been having trouble with and previoulsy hadn't found better sources of explanation, now I understand and they make much more sense to me.
I was particularly delighted to see that there is at least one leading edge scientist who questions the validity of "dark matter" and "dark energy". I have always balked over accepting these. We might as well go back to believing in the "ether". I hope others on the forefront are listening to what he has to say and acting on it.
No I haven't as far as I know. but I think he did an excellent job, the only reason I didn't give him 5 stars was his mispronunciation of a few words. I particularly remember "Magellanic" considering the source word he should have gotten that one right.
Absolutely! I wish there were many more just like it.
I love listening to books in all areas of science. I have tried to keep up with the current discoveries so I wasn't sure if there would be any new info or if it would just be presented from Dr Clark's POV. I was pleasantly surprised by the unexpected additional info he presented.
Software engineer and avid, lifetime student. I like deep, thoughtful non-fiction, and fiction that compliments and enriches it.
One of my favorite books is "The 4% Universe", and having devoured that and most of the other Astronomy/Astrophysics/Physics/Cosmology books available ("Quantum", The Fabric of the Cosmos, Warped Passages, The Lightness of Being, A Universe from Nothing) I've been anxious for a book that would include the past ~7 yrs experiments and the resulting evolving conjectures of scientists. This is that book, basically. My only complaints are that it at some points it tries to nod to less-technical readers (such as re-explaining the Doppler Effect, then not even presenting or using the name "Doppler Effect"), and, at 8 hrs, for being disappointingly short. I would have enjoyed deeper dives into alternative theories and some coverage of the scientists developing them.
Still, a good contribution to popular science and definitely worth the read.
It didn't seem long ago that science was full of new answers. The field of natural philosophy becoming science introduced testable hypotheses, where theories can only be considered science if they can be tested.
The author provides an open minded approach to possibilities of new discoveries. He is almost conceding that Cosmology as we know it might undergo a revolution as the most prevailing theories are finding it hard to fit the figures or explain anything that can be tested.
Time for science on the fringe to shed dogma that has plagued generations and provide testable theories. Highly engaging and recommended book if you like to look at new scientific discoveries in historical context.
What i liked most about this book is that it is diversified and touches many subjects in cosmology, few in quantum mechanics, relativity theory, etc...
I didn't like some parts, especially at the beginning of the book, when the author goes back in history and explains about what and how scientists (cosmologists, physicists, ...) discovered the elements of universe and how theories were put in place, etc... I find such parts boring and useless for someone who wants to understand the universe now.
The narration is excellent.
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