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Welcome to the Universe Audiobook

Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Bryan Webb 05-06-17
    Bryan Webb 05-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    The comments about advanced formulas almost scared me away but it wasn't as bad as the reviews made it out to be. Most of the formulas are told so as to illustrate a relationship and are fully explained. Overall this is an excellent book for anyone with a basic physics background and a love for all things space!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    lennyankireddi 04-25-17 Member Since 2014
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    "So many things to learn"

    I have read scores of books on the physics of the universe ranging from the very large to the minuscule and yet have found something new and enlightening in every chapter of this book. The educational quality of the book is exceptionally high on account of the limitation of prior knowledge on the part of the reader, the authors assume. The methodology of building up to the grand conclusions from simple prior knowledge through the use of analogy and thought experiments proves very effective in conceptualization and visualization of the ideas shared. There are still several places where the reader may feel a little list and wanting a second reading but in the whole, they are sure to walk away with an appreciation for the enormity of the universe and how much we humans have learnt about it in spite of our limited means, in the short time that we have been studying it.

    3 of 3 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.

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    DCL 05-06-17
    DCL 05-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow more than i can take in!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was a great listen but way over my head. I learned so much and now want to learn more!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 04-09-17
    Dan 04-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Makes you wonder!"

    Good book. Took me back to astronomy 101 in my undergrad days many many years ago. While the explanations made sense the second time around, the equations did prove difficult to follow in audible form. The later chapters we're good exercises in theoretical thinking. You did have to pay attention or you would've gotten lost. Better to have this book in print form so you can look at the tables and figures for the visual learners out there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David J. Shulan 03-07-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    omgitshim Sweet Home Alabama.....Roll Tide 07-18-17
    omgitshim Sweet Home Alabama.....Roll Tide 07-18-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Huh, what, hmmmmmm"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, because one has to know extream mathematics to understand most of the book. Not for us old farts the had only basic math in school without calculus, algebra, and all that e=mc2 stuff.<br/>I spent most of the book trying to understand the math being thrown out. I am used to stuff like '186,282 miles per second which would mean Sirius is 8.6 light years away from Sun. Even though that speed is hard to fathom in my head I basically comprehend it. But when letters and words that sound like they come from somewhere in a far away galaxy are thrown at me my jaw just drops with me saying duh......


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it easier for people with no understanding of mathematics to understand.<br/>This could have been done by using comparisons. Otherwise, the book is great.<br/>At least the parts understandable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Butler Murray’s performances?

    Yes as long as not mathematically written.


    Was Welcome to the Universe worth the listening time?

    Not to me


    Any additional comments?

    I assume this book is great for people that understand advanced math but for us dummy's it is too hard to follow so I can't condemn the book because of my knowledge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CAIO 07-15-17
    CAIO 07-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An enlightening experience"

    The world will be a better place to live when this kind off knowledge becomes popular and accessible to all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    3/7/17
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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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • colin walker
    4/22/17
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    "Fascinating!"

    The 1st half makes you think you're smarter than you are, the 2nd dismantles that idea. Later on in the book you do need the illustrations

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/2/17
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    "Made me buy a telescope"
    Would you listen to Welcome to the Universe again? Why?

    Yes, and I have listened to it twice already, to make sure I don't miss things...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Welcome to the Universe?

    Magnetars!!


    Which character – as performed by Michael Butler Murray – was your favourite?

    All and any of it, it has made astronomy and astrophysics exciting.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Come fly with me, to the end of the world


    Any additional comments?

    Well written, exciting, well laid out. Please read it people and get excited!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bennett Faurie
    6/1/17
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    "Wow"

    Wow, nicely detailed and easy to understand. The writer takes time to explain quite complex concepts and processes in a simple and easily understandable manner.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • W-C W
    2/17/17
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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

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/16/17
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    "not really suitable for audio"

    it was ok and I did learn a thing or two but too many diagrams and equations that obviously a listener cannot see

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Nuneaton
    5/9/17
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    "A great listen, but...."

    You will require a PhD in iT just to find the accompanying picture files in your library.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rory Wilson
    5/1/17
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    "Welcome to being insulted."

    If you enjoy being told continuously that you are dumber, and more idiotic than you previously thought, this is a great read!

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • ahooke
    5/11/17
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    "So boring it can't even send you to sleep"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is the most boring thing I have ever had the misfortune to listen to. It just reels of formula after formula for hour after hour. You keep listening hoping it will get better but after chapter 5 I gave up. An interesting subject but toally ruined


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    No


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

    This was the only redeeming thing about the book and that is the narrator. He has a very listenable voice.


    What character would you cut from Welcome to the Universe?

    The author


    Any additional comments?

    Never again

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful

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