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J. Richard Gott is professor emeritus of astrophysics at Princeton University. He is the coauthor of Welcome to the Universe (Princeton).
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The audiobook is frustrating because it is quite hard at times to follow the algebra amd you don’t get any of the pretty postures the book has... but beyond that this is a great piece.

Beyond Neil’s funny quips about the eventual potential fish found on the moon Europa being called europeans, the book offers two key jewels:
- a derivation of E = mc^2 that is the most intuitive I have ever read
- an application of the Copernican Principle to everyday estimation of how long things will last

Many other perspective views that tie the universe up into a pretty weird object, but walking through the steps that took us there.

Only big critique is that Gott does not really describe his strongest critics in the business of universes, he drifts over how contested many string theory approaches have been.

Great read nevertheless...
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yates9 | 5 andre anmeldelser | Feb 28, 2024 |
Quite dense; not an easy read for non-scientists like myself. But, it was a fun challenge. It answered a lot of the questions I had ("how could they know that?...") when it comes to the age and nature of the universe. The book is laid out showing the history of the ways scientists have modeled the structure of the universe over the past 100 years. It ends with the latest ideas, and the questions being worked on right now.
poirotketchup | 3 andre anmeldelser | Mar 18, 2021 |
Astrophyisics for people in less of a hurry than those who went for "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry". I liked it more, but I didn't get into it very far, because it is slower going. Also, I had started reading "Asimov's Guide to Earth and Space", which has a somewhat similar topic, but was proving much more fun to read.
themulhern | 5 andre anmeldelser | Aug 5, 2019 |
Given that I am a layperson and my calculus is far behind me, I still believe that I was conceptually able to grasp at least a quarter of the matter in the book, the rest remaining "dark matter" for me, existent, imaginable but not yet graspable. The authors do a great job of explication, but this still means that thus is a challenging book. I do feel that my understanding of the process behind E=mc2 for instance rose to a higher level as a result of spending quality time with these 3 intelligent and witty men.… (mere)
dasam | 5 andre anmeldelser | Jun 20, 2018 |



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