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Louis A. Del Monte is an author, award-winning physicist, featured speaker and the chief executive officer of Del Monte and Associates, Inc. For over thirty years, he was a leader in the development of microelectronics for IBM and Honeywell. Subsequent to those positions, he formed his high-tech e-marketing agency and authored Unraveling the Universe's Mysteries (2012) and How to Time Travel (2013). He has also developed several patents fundamental to the fabrication of integrated circuits.
Del Monte is the recipient of the H. W. Sweatt Award for scientific/engineering achievement and the Lund Award for human resource management excellence. He has a bachelor of science degree in physics and chemistry from Saint Peter's University and a master of science degree in physics from Fordham University.
Obviously being the author's son - I have a bias. I've seen this book develop over the past year, and I've read several earlier drafts. In all honesty, I didn't read the "whole book" as a "whole book" until very recently. I had the chance to read the book last weekend (for the first time from beginning to end) and I think this is an important work that anyone interested in cosmology, physics, or science fiction would enjoy. There are a couple of reasons:
1) The "hard sciences" (i.e., "big bench science") hides largely behind mathematics and does a very poor job explaining the "so what" factor. As a result, science is pretty fragmented and each little enclave speaks its own language. That's why I believe there is now an interest in this type of literature (by my father and others) - people who are interested in science fiction want to understand what's "science fact" but they don't want to have become geniuses in calculus to read the literature. This book is for them - basically 2000 years of cosmology in 200 pages with roughly no mathematics (except at the end if you're really inclined). It's accessible to everyone.
2) Understanding where we're going requires first understanding where we've been. Again, one of the problems of hard sciences is that everything is minutae and nothing is ever "big picture". This is in part because big picture theorizing is really hard. When you think about it - in the 300 some odd years of physics and comsomology, only a handful of people have really done "big picture" theorizing. This work is not entirely an attempt to theorize a "grand narrative of the universe" - but it does make some significant contributions in that area and most importantly, makes the most interesting aspects of the "big picture" accessible to any reader.Read more ›
DelMonte's entertaining, step-by-step, knowledge-building approach, provides the non-scientist a clearer understanding of Dark Matter, quantum theories,and suggests plausible theories about the future of the Universe. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
Finally, a cosmology book that educates without equations that confuse. As an avid universe science program follower, I enjoyed reading about string theory, Big Bang and multiuniverses in a way I could understand. I recommend Unraveling the Universe's Mysteries to anyone who wants to know more about theories and make sense of the many theories we're starting to learn about.
I have only awarded this 3 stars due to the repetition of statements within the book and the quality of writing. On occasion, the author makes, and re-makes a point maybe three times and I found this quite annoying. The book is still very informative and has some novel theories within that will certainly prompt the inquiring mind to think deeper. The author seems to be a little on the fringe of mainstream physics but has the ability to throw new ideas about that do warrant discussion and thought.
There's a little Hawking worship going on as he seems to be mentioned in most chapters
You will notice in the first few pages that there appears to be a "Del Monte" involved in every aspect of the production of this book from the publishing right down to who chose the colour scheme of the office. unfortunately they seem to have left out the family member who proof reads. Whilst not a big thing, it can annoy pedants like me.
All in all, a pleasant and easy read that requires no mathematics and does still get you thinking.
As cosmology books go, this one doesn't get as in-depth into the Big Bang theory as other works on the subject (most notably, The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe). However, Del Monte does offer thoughts on other phenomena such as dark matter / dark energy, parallel universes, the nature of time and the possibility of life on other planets / moons in this universe.
Del Monte's biography is interesting in that he has spent most of his life as an engineer of microcircuits. The content of this book comprises the fruits of an intellectual hobby as opposed to stuff that he studies day in / day out. In this way, he is something of an outsider to the cosmology community. This is not to denigrate the present work. To the contrary, it is refreshing to get a scientific perspective from someone who is not a cosmologist himself, per-se.
For me, the most illuminating part of the book discussed the Dirac sea (named after Oxford's own Paul Dirac), which is where mysterious subatomic particles come from when they're zapped in & out of existence. While I've read about these (usually short-lived) particles elsewhere, this is the first time I've stumbled across this term.
The author also has worthwhile discussions on dark matter / dark energy and informs us as to why they're both such a conundrum for physicists. The latest news on time travel is incorporated as well, for those who wonder about traveling far in the future or going into the past & tinkering with history.
My one criticism of the book is a very minor one. The author seems to like coming up with his own terms for concepts. Sometimes, this is helpful & sometimes not.Read more ›