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  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,995,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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Unraveling The Universe's Mysteries-Explore Science's Most Baffling Mysteries
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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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!
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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.
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