- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Louis A. Del Monte (October 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988171805
- ISBN-13: 978-0988171800
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,010,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unraveling the Universe's Mysteries: Explore sciences’ most baffling mysteries, including the Big Bang’s origin, time travel, dark energy, humankind’s fate, and more. Paperback – October 9, 2012
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"Unraveling the Universe's Mysteries" is a fascinating investigation of some of science's greatest mysteries. Physicist, Louis A. Del Monte takes the readers on a journey that reveal currently held scientific theories and proposes original explanations of his own. The author does a wonderful job of making the book not only accessible but a lot of fun to read. This insightful 312-page book is broken out into the following three sections: Section I. What caused the Big Bang?, II. What Mysteries Still Baffle Modern Science?, and III. Are We Alone?
1. An entertaining and accessible book on modern physics and cosmology.
2. A fascinating topic in the hands of an author who succeeds in making complex topics accessible to the masses. Del Monte is kind to the layperson, he explains popular scientific concepts and provides glossary to boot. His approach is conducive to learning scientific concepts.
3. A great way to learn about cosmology and particle physics. I's a book of science mysteries.
4. The book provides many great quotes, "As Stephen Hawking said, "We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special."
5. Del Monte does a wonderful job of keeping the reader informed on how strong or weak each scientific theory is. He makes it very clear where he speculates and how he came to his own original explanations. "The Big Bang is widely documented in numerous scientific works, and is widely held as scientific fact by the majority of the scientific community."
6. An excellent introduction that whets the readers appetite. It starts off with three solid theories that were held as universal truths at the beginning of the twentieth century that are now proven to be false.
7. What sets this book apart from most accessible science books of this ilk is the author's own compelling scientific explanations. "I have termed this irony of scientific discovery the Del Monte Paradox, namely: Each significant scientific discovery results in at least one profound scientific mystery."
8. Throughout the book the author makes it clear what is understood in science versus to a layperson. "Do virtual particles come from nothing? Apparently, but to a physicist, empty space is not nothing. Said more positively, physicists consider empty space something."
9. Even if you are an avid reader of science as I am, you are going to gain some knowledge. I found myself a number of times having aha moments...some scientific concepts that eluded me before are clearer now.
10. Multiverse for the layperson. "Cosmologists call the super-universe the 'Bulk.' The Bulk is 'empty' space, which gives existence to infinitely energy-dense matter-antimatter virtual particles. These collide and initiate the Big Bang. If this view of reality is true, it makes the multiverse concept more plausible."
11. The three significant problems with multiverses...find out what they are.
12. Not afraid to ask big questions and better yet, not afraid to speculate based on the best of our current knowledge. "What happened before the Big Bang?"
13. The second section of the book highlights those mysteries that still baffle modern science. Dark Matter, Dark Energy...come on down.
14. The author introduces three highly speculative theories of his own to explain the accelerated expansion of the universe.
15. The nature of time. "The empirical evidence demonstrates that time dilates, slows down, by adding kinetic energy or gravitational energy."
16. The several methods science proposes in order to time travel.
17. The mysteries of light. "The first thing that makes light mysterious is that it can exhibit both the properties of a wave and a particle."
18. Understanding energy. The four fundamental properties of energy.
19. The quantum universe...does space consists of quantized energy?
20. Are there aliens? The search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. "My main point is that the search for extraterrestrial life is difficult." The facts.
21. And how does God fit into the equation? Always a fascinating topic.
22. In the closing thoughts the author posits his six scientific explanations worthy of consideration.
1. A professional editor would have served this book well. Lacks the production value that a book of such substance deserved.
2. The book suffers a bit from being repetitive. As an example, Einstein's "greatest blunder" is mentioned five times, six if you include the glossary.
3. Graphs/illustrations would have added value.
4. Some scientific concepts are very hard to understand even when given the simplified version.
5. With regards to "God", we can conduct scientific investigations into claims attributed to "God" that affect the natural world. As an example, claims such as prayers, souls..can in fact and have been investigated
6. No notes or sources.
7. No formal bibliography.
In summary, I enjoyed this book. Del Monte takes very complex topics and makes it accessible and fun to read. The author does a wonderful job of taking the reader through scientific mysteries and explaining what is currently well known and not known. I'm merely an engineer with a curious mind so I am in no position to question the strength or weakness of the author's theories but I can say that they are well presented and appears to follow sound science. The only major complaint I have about the book is the poor editing, a professional editor would have done the book wonders. That being said, this is an excellent Kindle value and a worthwhile read.
Further suggestions: "Wonders of the Universe" and "The Quantum Universe: Everything that can happen does happen" by Brian Cox, "A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing" by Lawrence M. Krauss, "Radiation: What It Is, What You Need to Know" by Robert Peter Gale and Eric Lax, "Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100" by Michio Kaku, "The Grand Design" by Stephen Hawking, "Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space (Kindle Single)" by Lisa Higgs, "God and the Atom" and "God: The Failed Hypothesis. How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist" by Victor J. Stenger, "About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang" by Adam Frank, "The Elegant Universe" by Brain Greene, "The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction" by Peter Atkins, and "Spectrums" by David Blatner.
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.
First Creation itself. [All scientists previously said the universe had no beginning,..i.e. was eternal.
BUT THE BIBLE SAID, "IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH.";
[GUESS WHO TURNED OUT TO BE CORRECT,.... THE BIBLE.]
The same goes for inflation and the singularity, ["an earth without form"....."form" is determined by the space occupied by an object,... an object "without form",... is an object;,... taking no space]
THE SCIENTISTS SAY WE HAD THAT AT THE BEGINNING,.. the entire universe occupied NO SPACE
The Bible says amazing things that prove to be correct.
I think Genesis 1 is Gods password, used to identify himself to us.,... so we will seriously consider the rest of the book. Objects fully created but taking no space can only be conceived and created by God.
The myths of the ancient Near East don't have any such idea in any of them.
[So much for the idea that Genesis is a reworking of ancient myths.]
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