- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470496517
- ISBN-13: 978-0470496510
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty 1st Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
With a large measure of humor and a minimum of math (one equation), physics professor Goldberg and engineer Blomquist delve into the fascinating physics topics that rarely make it into introductory classes, including time travel, extraterrestrials, and "quantum weirdness" to prove that physics' "reputation for being hard, impractical, and boring" is wrong by at least two-thirds: "Hard? Perhaps. Impractical? Definitely not... But boring? That's where we really take issue." Breaking up each topic into common sense questions ("How many habitable planets are there?" "What is Dark Matter?" "If the universe is expanding, what's it expanding into?"), the duo provides explanations in everyday language with helpful examples, analogies, and Blomquist's charmingly unpolished cartoons. Among other lessons, readers will learn about randomness through gambling; how a Star Trek-style transporter might function in the real world; and what may have existed before the Big Bang. Despite the absence of math, this nearly-painless guide is still involved and scientific, aimed at science hobbyists rather than science-phobes; it should also prove an ideal reference companion for more technical classroom texts. 100 b&w photos.
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""If you've ever wondered what happened before the big bang or where the universe is expanding, then the new book A User's Guide to the Universe is for you. A hilariously serious journey through all the big questions (Can I build a time machine?) with answers from real-life physicist David Goldberg and sly illustrator Jeff Blomquist, this indispensable window on modern science makes a great nonfiction companion to the beloved, A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."" (Christian Science Monitor)
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Should you buy this book? **YES**
The topics covered are generally considered complex: Einstein's theory of general relativity, special relativity, black holes, matter, space, the big bang theory, etc.
The authors slowly build the reader up, through a series of humorous examples and simple explanations, to the complex topics that are most interesting.
One of the other great things about this book is that the topics require no prior mathematical knowledge. While generally, one is unable to discuss general relativity without mathematics, the authors supplement this knowledge with simple examples and logical arguments which are equally effective.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I learned a lot about the formation and design of the universe(s)?, quantum mechanics, string theory, and a wide slew of other topics. It is definitely worth a read, you won't regret it.
If you have ever longed for the answers to questions like these, then this is THE book for you. The authors have done a good job explaining many confusing concepts of Physics in the language understandable to the lay-person while at the same time discussing several advanced concepts for the more curious minds. Throw in a bunch of jokes, plus amusing illustrations and voila - you have a great survival guide!
If you want to understand physics and have a hard time learning it by your own, or you just want to be entertained then you should definitely be buying this book now! :D I loved it ^_^
I think Goldberg and Blomquist really did a good job of sticking to their mission and distilling complex scientific concepts for the (slightly smarter than) average reader. I haven't seen the inside of a science lab in a good 10+ years, but I was able to follow along with just about everything. Overall, the authors make serious science approachable, understandable, and fun.
This book made me laugh out loud on the train, got Foreigner stuck in my head all day, and I even learned something. Highly recommended for the science-curious.
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