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We Have No Idea

A Guide to the Unknown Universe
Lu par : Daniel Whiteson
Durée : 9 h et 3 min
Catégories : Sciences exactes, Science
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Prepare to learn everything we still don’t know about our strange and mysterious universe.

Humanity's understanding of the physical world is full of gaps. Not tiny little gaps you can safely ignore -there are huge yawning voids in our basic notions of how the world works. PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson have teamed up to explore everything we don't know about the universe: the enormous holes in our knowledge of the cosmos. Armed with unusually entertaining and lucid explanations of science, they give us the best answers currently available for a lot of questions that are still perplexing scientists, including:

  • Why does the universe have a speed limit?
  • Why aren't we all made of antimatter?
  • What (or who) is attacking Earth with tiny, superfast particles?
  • What is dark matter, and why does it keep ignoring us?

It turns out the universe is full of weird things that don't make any sense. But Cham and Whiteson make a compelling case that the questions we can't answer are as interesting as the ones we can.

This introduction to the biggest mysteries in physics also helpfully demystifies many complicated things we do know about, from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes. With equal doses of humor and delight, Cham and Whiteson invite us to see the universe as a possibly boundless expanse of uncharted territory that's still ours to explore.

©2017 Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • J. Ritt
  • 25/01/2018

A good primer for those interested in cosmology

I'm returning this book after listening to a few chapters and skimming a few others - but it's not because I don't like it or because it's not a good book. It's a good book and I liked it very much. The information is solid, the humour is funny, the narrator is perfect for this book. It's all just right.

My *sole* issue with it is that it's too basic. Apparently I've read and know more than I realised and just didn't give myself enough credit for it. That's my fault, not the book's.

So if you're just looking into cosmology and physics, want to know more about what we don't know - such as dark energy and dark matter - and prefer to learn in a light-hearted manner, this is the book for you. If you've read most of NDGT's books and are well-versed in what we're clueless on, try something else. The same goes if you don't like (sometimes corny) jokes in your science books, skip this one.

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  • Waggs Wolf
  • 10/07/2017

It is wiser to know what you don't know

This was a fun and entertaining book, but it delivered more knowledge more effectively than any other source I can think of. The future of science has always been about the open questions more so than the suggested answers, and this audio telling is the perfect guide to leaning what those questions are and why.

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  • Candice Doyle
  • 07/07/2020

This book is A M A Z I N G

I have listened to Daniel and Jorge Explain The Universe podcast for almost 2 years. I kept hearing about them mentioning their book, but I procrastinated. BIG MISTAKE. Daniel is a wonderful narrator and is incredibly passionate about his areas of study, particle physics. The information in this book is complex by nature, but surprisingly easy to digest. After listening to the 9 hour book during an entire workday and commute home, I want to listen to it again. I am going to listen to it with my 9 year old son who I’m positive will love it. I also ordered the paperback version to skim thru and read. I am thinking about buying another copy for my best friend who has no concept of particles and energy, but I am confident this book will explain it to him and he will enjoy it. I can’t wait for the sequel!

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  • Rodrigo Sánchez Villaseñor
  • 24/06/2020

One of the best Scientific

Has many resent topics and explains them really well for non scientist people and makes a good job talking about the graphs in the book

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  • Charles (a.k.a. NogDog)
  • 08/01/2020

Good summary

Good info, with my only complaint being the use of occasional and often jarring/ startling sound effects or music clips. Just the text, please.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20/12/2019

An unexpected way to teach science

This book is not seriously scientific. And that is great and low about it. The lack of scientific references may be defended on the merits of literary stylistics, but it strikes me as a shortcoming. Don't get me wrong most of the style is fun and clear, very educational. The sound effects may be a bit dispensable, but is easy to get it over. At the same time it remembers me lots of youtube channels devoted to scientific communication, most topics are beaten horses in such channels and not much news for the same audience . Overall it is a fun, clear, educational book to introduce some interesting topics and subjects.

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  • Daniel C. Journic
  • 05/12/2019

BABOONS!!!!

I wanted to live this book, there's so much fascinating stuff discussed here. BUT, the authors' attempts at humor are just so bad. I've never heard baboons mentioned so often, it really got irritating after awhile.

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  • Joe H.
  • 07/10/2019

Fun read

He continues to make it a fun and humorous experience while keeping fairly informative. Good read.

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  • cornholio
  • 25/07/2019

Not as funny as they think

If you keep up with science in the news or read a weekly publication, there is nothing new here. And the jokes are so cringe worthy, they should stick to their knitting.

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  • Southernboy
  • 10/07/2019

fun and accessable

love it Challenging but manageable. Dr Whiteson is a good communicator. He took some difficult concepts and framed them in ways that allowed me to understand them. I suspect these two will join Carl Sagan and Niel deGrass Tyson communicating the wonders of science to those of us who are not in that space (luck pun). Well done, gentlemen