- Paperback: 388 pages
- Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co (December 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9814667161
- ISBN-13: 978-9814667166
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beyond the Galaxy: How Humanity Looked Beyond Our Milky Way and Discovered the Entire Universe
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"Beyond the Galaxy offers a fun, informative excursion through the universe and the complex history of our attempts to grapple with its size, age and content. Ethan Siegel writes clearly and confidently, drawing upon wonderful analogies and fascinating tidbits of astronomical history, including outstanding accounts of the heated debates of the past about the nature of the cosmos. The book is richly illustrated, nicely supplementing Siegel's lucid prose. A must read for anyone curious about the development of cosmology and where it stands today!" -- Paul Halpern, Author of Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat
"Ethan Siegel takes us on an engaging journey from the smallest to the largest scales of space and time. He illuminates the path with abundant useful figures, and clearly explains the varied topics he tackles. His descriptions for how the Universe expands, depending upon what it is made of, are particularly nice. His prose exudes enthusiasm and passion — not just for the things we have learned, but for the scientific process. A great read for the science enthusiast." -- Robert Garisto, Editor, Physical Review Letters
"Ethan Siegel has achieved the rare feat of writing a textbook that reads like an engrossing page-turner. This is a book that belongs on the reading list of every undergraduate introduction to astrophysics and cosmology." -- Dr Roberto Trotta, Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics at Imperial College London, and author of 'The Edge of the Sky: All you need to know about the All-There-Is'
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A look up at the night sky reveals a treasury of wonders. Even to the naked eye, the Moon, stars, planets, the Milky Way and even a few star clusters and nebulae illuminate the heavens. For millennia, humans struggled to make sense of what's out there in the Universe, from all we can see to that which lies beyond the limits of even our most powerful telescopes. Beyond the Galaxy traces our journey from an ancient, Earth-centered Universe all the way to our modern, 21st century understanding of the cosmos. Touching on not only what we know but how we know it, Ethan Siegel takes us to the very frontiers of modern astrophysics and cosmology, from the birth of our Universe to its ultimate fate, and everything in between.
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Top Customer Reviews
That's why it must be the first page turner to contain meson diagrams.
An excellent primer for beginning space nerds and wannabe astrophysicists of all professions, and a neat reference for the more advanced ones. The best part is that it shows the history and process of how science is made, including wrong assumptions and colorful personalities and simple rules to separate workable from useless theories. ("Can it make novel predictions that would be supported by experiments?") It emphasizes scientific understanding as an evolving process instead of a holy writ - something I happen to find particularly appealing both about this book and about science as my own profession.
In addition, the author succeeds in addressing lay audience in a colloquial style that still never doubts the intelligence or logic of the reader. Combine that with the sense of humor and the fact that every time I started thinking "this is confusing, let me draw it out" there was a neat diagram on the very next page... I want a sequel, thank you.
Many authors describe how we learned that obselete ideas like geocentrism and tired light are wrong. However, Siegel also illustrates why these ideas were widely accepted in the first place: They explained the world well. Given the limited knowledge of their time, they were good ideas.
And modern science is just as susceptable to revision. Siegel speculates about how our current best ideas may be wrong and enthusiastically describes the mysteries that plague us. In doing so, Siegel teaches readers about both the study of cosmology and the nature of scientific inquiry. Beyond the Galaxy is one of those rare books that not only communicates scientific ideas, but communicates what science itself is all about.
-Paul Halpern, Author, Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics
I'm not aware of any other book that has this level of the up-to-date information on the knowledge of Universe with a good balance of being scientific and precise enough while remaining still easy to read (by preferring to show the detailed pictures instead of formulae or just long text-only descriptions).
Even if in the current description on Amazon it's not clear, in the "paperback" edition (at least, 978-9814667166 that I have) the whole book is printed in high resolution, full-color on the glossy acid-free paper, so it's much higher quality than the typical plain paperback book.The font size allows easy reading.
Ethan Siegel, the author, also actively writes the articles about the Universe on the internet: Forbes, Medium and his own "Starts With A Bang" blog, so the potential readers can easily sample his approach even if there's no "Look Inside" the book at the moment.
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