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Publisher's Summary

Prepare to learn everything we still don't know about our strange, mostly mysterious universe.

PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson have teamed up to spelunk through the enormous gaps in our cosmological knowledge, armed with their entertaining and lucid explanations of science.

In We Have No Idea, they explore the biggest unknowns in the universe, why these things are still mysteries, and what a lot of smart people are doing to figure out the answers (or at least ask the right questions). While they're at it, they helpfully demystify many complicated things we do know about, from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes. With equal doses of humor and delight, they invite us to see the universe as a vast expanse of mostly uncharted territory that's still ours to explore.

This entertaining science primer is the perfect book for anyone who's curious about all the big questions physicists are still trying to answer.

©2017 Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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A good primer for those interested in cosmology

I'm returning this book after listening to a few chapters and skimming a few others - but it's not because I don't like it or because it's not a good book. It's a good book and I liked it very much. The information is solid, the humour is funny, the narrator is perfect for this book. It's all just right.

My *sole* issue with it is that it's too basic. Apparently I've read and know more than I realised and just didn't give myself enough credit for it. That's my fault, not the book's.

So if you're just looking into cosmology and physics, want to know more about what we don't know - such as dark energy and dark matter - and prefer to learn in a light-hearted manner, this is the book for you. If you've read most of NDGT's books and are well-versed in what we're clueless on, try something else. The same goes if you don't like (sometimes corny) jokes in your science books, skip this one.

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It is wiser to know what you don't know

This was a fun and entertaining book, but it delivered more knowledge more effectively than any other source I can think of. The future of science has always been about the open questions more so than the suggested answers, and this audio telling is the perfect guide to leaning what those questions are and why.

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Fun popular science

Fun angling to popular science and getting a better understanding of how little we know about the universe.

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Not very funny or informative, but well read

Far too many unnecessary jokes. They're not funny. Seriously... not even a little. The information wasn't the most informative either. This book would have probably been better if it were simply a list of physics problems, and what we do and don't know regarding their answers. That way, it wouldn't have wasted so much of my time.

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ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE<br />

Physics and Space, Time ...A great learning experience, and stands traditional teaching on its head by teaching what we do not know. Which actually helps understand what we do know. Revolutionary Teaching!!

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this is awesome

sacastic and fun. understandable to a history teacher. Read ir listen to it and love it.

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accomplished its goals

This book does a good job of introducing large questions in astrophysics. The baboon jokes got old. Overall i very much enjoyed listening.

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UH Oh... Somebody call the fun police!

I’d like to report multiple offenses including:
An uncountable count of punning in the first degree.. second degree.. up to 360 degrees at least..
multiple counts of mind expansion, leading to mind explosion, leading to exploded mind explosions.
At least two counts of combining corny jokes and sound effects to induce unexpected chuckles, leading to near embarrassment when I was listening with my headphones on in the elevator. Had I cared.. it could have been embarrassing.

Suspects are charmed and dangerous. Likely on the run with The Weinersmiths, Zach and Kelly.. Both on the fun police’s most wanted list. Not likely to be caught anytime soonish.




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A fairly good read

The book is heavily corny and the sound effects are both unnecessary and distracting. Both the corniness and of a sound effects mean that this is a book you should definitely listen to with headphones

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Entertaining and educational

It was Entertaining and educational. Well worth the time. I learned many things, and was left with plenty more to learn someday.