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Welcome to the Universe Audiobook

Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour

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Welcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today's leading astrophysicists. Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all - from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.

Describing the latest discoveries in astrophysics, the informative and entertaining narrative propels you from our home solar system to the outermost frontiers of space. How do stars live and die? Why did Pluto lose its planetary status? What are the prospects of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? How did the universe begin? Why is it expanding, and why is its expansion accelerating? Is our universe alone or part of an infinite multiverse? Answering these and many other questions, the authors open your eyes to the wonders of the cosmos, sharing their knowledge of how the universe works.

Breathtaking in scope, Welcome to the Universe is for those who hunger for insights into our evolving universe that only world-class astrophysicists can provide.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer Alameda, CA 03-20-17
    Amazon Customer Alameda, CA 03-20-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Math, read out loud"

    Man... I wanted to love this book. I love NdT and was looking forward to the book, but... then they started to read the equations and, well... there were a lot of equations. Got through a couple hours of it, but, the assault of verbal math just doesn't translate well for an audio book.

    Would have benefited from Tyson's own voice too, probably.

    Bummer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David J. Shulan Delmar, NY 03-07-17
    David J. Shulan Delmar, NY 03-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Need to review charts and formulas"

    This is best with downloaded material. This is not an audio book to listen to while walking or exercising. Great authors but you need to be able to handle equations also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J.B. 02-17-17
    J.B. 02-17-17

    Reading, the arts and physical activity clarify, explain, illustrate, and interpret life’s goods and bads.

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    "All About What We Know About the Universe - ALL"

    Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour, by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, J. Richard Gott, and read by Michael Butler Murray. A survey of all we know about astronomical and quantum science. What we know of the universe from the expanses of the heavens to the smallest elemental particles of energy and mass. Everything! I love studying the universe, both large and small. Did I love this journey? Jump to the last paragraph of this review.

    This is a study for the layman. But the layman it was created for were undergraduates at Princeton preparing to either study cosmic astronomy or be associated with astrophysics business. You will need sufficient basic knowledge of mathematics, and the advances of cosmic science, to read and understand fully this work and enjoy its merit. You had better know of and know how to use electromagnetic formulas previously devised by Newton, Maxwell, Hubble, and Einstein., because the authors instruct the history of the cosmos using those formularies.

    The story starts with a history of scientific milestones from Greek and Roman times to the Victorian Age. If you didn’t have respect for Sir Isaac Newton, this tomb will cure that malfeasance on your part. There is competition between the professors as to whether Newton or Einstein was the greatest scientific genius.

    The authors start the course by telling us that 30% of the population (presumably that is the American population since the professors teach at Princeton) do not know the earth spins or ellipses around the Sun. So I evaluate this book as a political theory text not just a scientific course because with that explanation the professors have explained the presidential results of 2016.

    Yes, I know I may have bagged the book's success by explaining how very difficult it is to follow the mathematical techniques to explain the cosmos as used in the book. But let me explain clearly. Even with that encumbrance, this was a good listen. The was a full explanation of where the science of outer space stands today. A good listen but better promoted as a primer for astronomy students entering college, not a pleasure read.

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    TC 03-23-17
    TC 03-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Learned so much."

    Listened this book again and again, learned so much, took pages full of notes. Most scientists wasn't even burn when I graduated, and Elements chart maybe half full. It was like taking a semester in astrophysics. Loved it.
    Narrator Michael B. Murray was good.

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    Jeffrey McNeal 03-21-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Hard to Follow Without the Book"
    What would have made Welcome to the Universe better?

    Far too much of the book depends on looking at the apparent illustrations and examples to make much sense of it, something that does not translate to an audio book. I couldn't get past the 1st chapter.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    It was almost a classroom lecture referring to various graphs & other things not suitable for audio only.


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    Willy 03-14-17
    Willy 03-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!!!!! Open the mind wirh this!!!"

    Loved it the math is insane!! The Universe is a huuugeeee place!! Must listen for all!

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    Jason Scott 02-25-17
    Jason Scott 02-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "For a math genius only"

    This book is mostly ridiculous math equations no one will know anything G about. It never ends with the math. It really makes you feel stupid.

    2 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    "EASY TO UNDERSTAND"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Welcome to the Universe to be better than the print version?

    YES


    What did you like best about this story?

    Easy to understand, explains the whole universe in detail, starting from the basics so that an Amateur can become an Expert at the end of this audiobook. Starting from the size of a single atom, to explaining Newton's Laws and how they relate to the world we live in today.


    What does Michael Butler Murray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Everything.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Graphic!"

    Great audio book with a hidden secret - the graphics!
    the accompanying PDF is 100 pages of graphics and photos that really enhance the text.
    So open the PDF on your laptop start the audio and get the full picture of the cosmos.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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