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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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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!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

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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!

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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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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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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.

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Terrible listen

Far too much dependency on advanced formulas and equations to make a good audio book for normal listeners, even a listener like me who is very interested in the subject matter.

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Not for the layman.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who are actually interested in pursuing a career in astrophysics or well educated individuals.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

Too dry and mathematical. Not for the layman

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Butler Murray?

Seriously!?!? NEIL Degrasse Tyson!!!!

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

bordom

Any additional comments?

If you're a layman don't get this! I listened and continue to listen to Neil's Astrophysics for people in a hurry and it is AMAZING for people who love science but aren't mathematical geniuses... You need to have a math degree to enjoy this... I felt way out of my league. Only bought it after listening to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Waste of a free book!!!

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  • polestar
  • 03-07-17

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.

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  • colin walker
  • 04-22-17

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

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Waldensian
  • 06-02-17

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!

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  • Bennett Faurie
  • 06-01-17

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.

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  • Honest Dude
  • 07-21-17

I don't think audio format suits this book.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This is a fantastic book and is very detailed in explanation of key concepts, which you would expect given the credentials of the 3 authors. The book goes through very detailed formulae and has lots of supporting diagrams and tables which is great.<br/><br/>However, I just don't think this audio book does any justice to the actual content. Unless you happen to have footing in the subject matter you will simply struggle. Especially in areas of the book where formula are discussed. OK, there is an accompanying pdf file with the audio book but none of the formulae are listed and it is just impossible to make sense of what is being described without the formula in-front of you.<br/><br/>The pdf could be improved by listing all the formula and referencing them in the audio. I also found not all diagrams were in the pdf so while it 'support' the listening experience it still lacks.<br/><br/>So in summary I would definitely recommend the actual print book or kindle version but would definitely not recommend the audio book version.

Was Welcome to the Universe worth the listening time?

No, too difficult to follow when technical formula are discussed. You'd need a solid background in the subject matter to understand them. Else it's just a bunch of Greek letters being read out making no sense.

Any additional comments?

Only buy this audio book as a revision aid if you have read the book OR if you have a strong foundation in the content of the book.

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  • W-C W
  • 02-17-17

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

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  • Robert
  • 05-09-17

A great listen, but....

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

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  • Marspain
  • 11-21-17

Content

This was a completely different type of book for me, amazing facts and figures. there was a lot of information that needed listening to again and news terminology, but it was a very interesting book.

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  • Victor Gil López
  • 09-26-17

Too much for me

I lack the education for enjoying this book fully. It goes through a lot of equations that are far too much for my current understanding. Other bits of the book are really enjoyable. I totally recommend it if you are mathematically proficient or willing to be challenged. The pdf companion is like a book in itself and essential for this title.

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  • Jan Moucha
  • 09-19-17

Everyone should read/listen to this book.

Even if a large number of people wouldn't understand everything, it is excellent book to get some understanding of our universe, both the basics and the complicated. A little bit disgruntled by how the equations and numbers were read--at the same speed as everything else, which makes it difficult to comprehend, and frankly, I stopped trying. Later chapters reveal some asinine theories that people come up with, rather than even considering an intelligent creator, e.g. 'our universe sort of traveled back in time and gave birth to itself...'

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  • Ryan
  • 05-09-17

great book, quite involved!

the narrator is very dry but you get used to it, probably not a starting point for cosmology, lots of derivations