We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe (PDF)
We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe (PDF)
O an adult If you ask scientists who study such things how well we understand the Universe the answer you will get is not very well at all This book takes a light hearted look at the vastness of our ignoranceYou will not learn much by reading this book it is afterall about what we do not know You will have fun xploring the subjects where our lack of knowledge is most certainly lackingReadig on my Kindle paperwhite some of the illustrations are very small and difficult to read but they are secondary to the main text Some of the jokes are so bad that in some cases it might considered a blessing Willy Wonka said a little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men This book is laced with nonsense But it s profound nonsense There s little in this book I didn t already know but now I know it better What makes this book so Second Time Loving endearing is not just the physics and cosmology superblyxplained it contains a uality rarely found in books written by scientists humility Ever try to read a book written by Roger Penrose They re not trying to impress with their brilliance and they xplain complex subjects with clarity Instead of we know than you and if you can t understand us too bad for you No the message of this book is there is so much we don t understand Can you help us I will not say a lot apart from to have any impact popular physics books need to be accessible In that respect this is as good as it gets A bit silly in places the author is humble and human I have read a lot of similar books and to be honest not a lot was new However a great way of refreshing your knowledge or learning for the first time that we know less than we think This book provides a fantastic and well written introduction into some key physics concepts from uantum mechanics to the structure of our universe And of course all the many MANY things we do not know about these thingsAs someone lse here has written sometimes the book does try a bit too hard to be zany but for the most part the weird and wonderful cartoons and Dark Awakening examples often involving ferrets in bizarre scenarios actually help understand some of the concepts being discussed Or at least keep it lightnough to keep you fully Hawks Way (Hawks Way engagedCertainly worth a read for anyone withven a passing interest in how this magnificent universe works or doesn t who knows We Have No Idea A Guide to the Unknown offers a funny and informative romp through the mysteries of cosmology Each chapter cleverly addresses a key cosmological uestion such as whether or not there are Fographics cartoons and unusually Family Men entertaining and lucidxplanations of science they give us the best answers currently available for a lot of uestions that are still perplexing scientists including Why does the universe have a speed limit Why arent we all made of antimatter What or who is attacking Earth with tiny superfast particles What is dark matter and why does it keep ignoring us It turns out the universe is full of weird things that dont make any sense But Cham and Wh.
Igher than three dimensions what are the missing pieces of the universe s material and why gravitation is so much weaker than the other forces Jorge Cham of PhD Comics supplies an abundance of hilarious illustrations Creative Participation each highlighting the absurdity of these cosmic riddles The science and wit are both sophisticated relying on a savvy reader to distinguish between truth as strange as it seems and the completely ludicrous such as unicorns roasting marshmallows in another dimension The book is trippy at times but so are some of the bizarre ramifications of contemporary physics If you like your science sprinkled with heaps of sarcastic far out weird humor it is the perfect book A truly fun delightful read Paul Halpern author of This book reminds me of grandma s chocolate cupcakes Fun to consume made with love and secretly filled with vegetablesAnyone can write obtuse technical papers on their chosen field A few truly accomplished people canxplain their subject in small words But it takes deep understanding a talent for writing and a heaping portion of wisdom to be able to simultaneously Sabina Spielrein explain your topic in small words maintain a witty pace and wink at the wonderful hubris of the human race at the same timeMy favorite things I hesitate to mention because nobodyver wants to Cognitive Radio Networks eat the cupcakes if they are told about the vegetables first But I do love the way they introduce the vocabulary and basic concepts of physics in anxtraordinarily Personnel Management in Government effective way One barelyven notices the learning yet somehow Out of This World each time they build on a previous concept the recall feelsffortless Not once in this remarkable book did I say Wait what and have to go backwards to re read something Like magic they would say Remember x and I wouldBut most of all this book was fun I own a sum total of three physical printed books The Time It Never Rained excluding textbooks may Pearson Inc rot internal damnation for their unholy war on trees and pocketbooks and this one The Child of the Soul and Other Stories earned it s place in my tiny bookshelf with it s humor Great It helps if you have a little bit of knowledge regarding uantum physics otherwise just read it a bit slower It is anye opener forcing you to read and then go back a few pages to refresh your memory The illustrations are not really suitable for the Kindle Childrens Phantasies edition but that s a minor point I ve read a lot about uantum science but this book looks outside the box and makes your brain hurt by opening new pathways for you to think about Am full of praise for this author I give it 4 stars deserves a 5 but nothing is perfec. Iteson make a compelling case that the uestions we cant answer are as interesting as the ones we canThis fully illustrated introduction to the biggest mysteries in physics also helpfully demystifies many complicated things we do know about from uarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves andxploding black holes With ual doses of humor and delight Cham and Whiteson invite us to see the universe as a possibly boundless xpanse of uncharted territory thats still ours to xplore.
I won t try to summarize anything in the book here read it to find out or look at other s summariesMy reviewIt is rare when I feel compelled to write a review for a book that I m reading WHILE I M STILL READING IT Yes this such a book I heard about this book on NPR just before Christmas 2017 as I was about to nter my local library I found the book on the New Non Fiction shelf and immediately began reading it Four weeks later last Friday I had to return the book because another library patron had reuested it So I bought the book here on and it arrived today only three days later YAYLast night anticipating the arrival of the book I ordered a second copy for my friend who always talks about black holes which I learned is not a good term to describe it yes in this bookIt has been much slower to read this book than I thought it would because I find myself constantly putting it down to ponder what I just read And also to look up the footnotes in Wikipedia and Google Remember for you old timers when you used to refer to a dictionary for a definition or spelling of a word and you would get lost reading the dictionary That is happening to me again When I research something in this book I find myself getting curious by the minute and it takes me a long time to get back to the book This process is taking longer and longer the I read That is not a complaint but it is a factI m only 60% through the book and I ve already found that it helps to go back and read an Gods and Heroes early chapter to brush up on the terms and concepts because some of the ideas are unusual and can be challenging to accept That being said if one were to just read the words one could uickly finish it since it is only about 350 pages long So don t worry if you think this book is anything like a regular text book That is very far from the truth The pair who wrote this book a comedian and a scientist do anxcellent job of keeping one s interest There are freuent one liners and cute drawings on almost Science, Technology and Culture every other pageOk back to the book and to the profound discoveries that I did not know human kind had made AND BEYOND THAT to the concepts and information that humans have yet to figure out which as it turns out spoiler alert is still about 95% of the universe The information covered is interesting and presented simplynough for me to understand with my total lack of physics knowledge I would have No Beast So Fierce enjoyed it without the constant attempts to be zany and funny which I found grating I would probably recommend this book to a teenager but not Prepare to learnverything we still dont know about our strange and mysterious universeHumanitys understanding of the physical world is full of gaps Not tiny little gaps you can safely ignore there are huge yawning voids in our basic notions of how the world works PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson have teamed up to xplore verything we dont know about the universe the normous holes in our knowledge of the cosmos Armed with their popular in.