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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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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 ›
Including the Big Bang Origin, Time Travel, Dark Energy, Humankind's Fate,
And More by Louis A. Del Monte is an important book on the origins of the
universe, as well as the infinite universes with bubbles within.
Del Monte discusses how the universe is accelerating. In fact, the author
predicts that the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxies will collide in 3
billion years. The Big Bang came into being due to the collision of energy
dense matter and anti-matter particles in the super-universe.
The author also discusses how the multiverse is one of a set of
disconnected universes. In the book, Dr. Krauss explains how the
Big Bang approximates a quantum fluctuation on a cosmic scale.
In addition, changes in disorder (entropy) in the universe is the
price paid for time. Missing mass energy implies additional
dimensions according to Del Monte. The author popularized another idea;
namely, that energy seeks stability at the lowest energy state and
won't transition unless acted upon by another energy source.
Del Monte cites known evidence which suggests that intelligent life
forms visited the earth in earlier times. For instance, the Nazca Lines
in Peru can be seen from the air only. Models of ancient aircraft
are seen in the Saggara Bird. Lastly, monuments like the pyramids
and Stonehenge imply engineering capabilities far exceeding the peoples
who lived at the time.
Unravelling The Universe's Mysteries by Louis A. Del Monte is a
fascinating book which discusses alternative theories of the
universe utilizing known and some relatively unknown hypotheses,
theories and conjectures. The presentation is written for a wide
constituency of readers from academe, industry and the general public.
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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.Read more ›
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Unraveling the Universe's Mysteries by Louis A. Del Monte
"Unraveling the Universe's Mysteries" is a fascinating investigation of some of science's greatest mysteries. Read more
I have only awarded this 3 stars due to the repetition of statements within the book and the quality of writing. Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by Keith Wildman
It simplifies the first steps in Creation making it easier to fit them to the matching phrases in Genesis chapter 1.
First Creation itself. Read more
I am only 1/3 into it and am on constant underlining and marking important information and new ideas. I skipped ahead and read last chapter 1st, awesome ending. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by mndfusion
Louis Del Monte has written a fast paced summary of current physics knowledge as of the beginning of 2013. The book is easy to read and understand. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Pete Fox
Most everyone has at least an aural familiarity with the terms associated with the beginning of the universe - from creationism to the Big Bang Theory - but few really can explain... Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Grady Harp
This is a book about cosmology and particle physics in which the emphasis is on speculative ideas. Del Monte, who has a master's degree in physics, enthusiastically entertains such... Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Dennis Littrell
Easy to read, not too much math or theory for a non-technical person. It text needs an editing review. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Keith Kosbau