Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
From the first image of a galaxy birth to Spirit Rover's exploration of Mars, to the discovery of water on one of Jupiter's moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct a galvanizing tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.
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Thank you. Your review has been submitted and will appear here shortly. Reviews Rated 4 out of 5 by Astoria from So much fun Great if you want to discover more about the world around us. Date published: It was hard for me to focus on this book when there are just random facts and figures being thrown at my ears.
Origins : Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
I've read quite a few science books this year, and they were all interesting and e I wish that I could rate this book higher. I've read quite a few science books this year, and they were all interesting and entertaining and accessible, and I learned something from all of them. But this one just didn't work for me. I really WANTED to love it, but I don't think that this book is really aimed at a casual reader who has an interest in science and cosmology, because the level of technical info is pretty high.
I think that there's a middle-ground possible, but this one didn't quite get there. There seems to be a lack of cohesion. Facts and data points are just thrown out there and the reader is supposed to know what to do with them. Or maybe it just really was the format It is a busy time of year and I'm way behind on my reading goals and maybe I just wasn't as focused as I should have been and missed some key things that would tie everything together.
Regardless, I ended up returning the audiobook to Audible Maybe I'll try to get this in a ebook or print form at some point down the road and see if that makes a difference in my enjoyment. View all 5 comments. Mar 30, Liz rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , science. The news of our cosmic unimportance triggers impressive defense mechanisms in the human psyche. Or Michio Kaku, but preferably Tyson. Astrophysics has always been a passion of mine, even before my love for literature so this book felt like a trip to my 8-year-old self who walked around with books on astronomy and suffered from severe sleep deprivation because she prefered to watch the stars and the moon rather than sleep.
I was a strange child, I realise that, antisocial except when given the chance to talk about the nightsky, that's when I came alive. This book covers an enormous period of time, fourteen billion years, and even provides some interesting thoughts concerning the future of our planet and galaxy. The theme of the book is clear, it deals with the origin of the universe, the various types of galaxies, the formation of the clusters, all the types of stars, the origin of the planets and life in general.
It concerns itself with vague topics like dark matter and dark energy and black holes, all the mysteries of the universe, all that is still theory and will maybe remain a theory forever. Despite the difficulty of the entire topic, it is an understandable, even fun read due to Tyson's unique sense of humour.
The chapters that are less humorous are still highly enjoyable for the reason that both authors are talented when it comes to writing. Every single chapter is very well-written, elaborate and provides just enough explanations to intrigue but not confuse. I repeat, the book is not as intricate as the majority of the books that concern themselves with astrophysics, which is a great think because it is more likely that people who are generally curious pick such a book up rather than a highly scientific monster with formulas and one technical term after another.
Let's be honest, people who aren't deeply "into" that topic will never understand a highly scientific beast, but they will easy get this one. And I think it is a good thing for it encourages people to think outside the box, to question and doubt and look for more. People who believe themselves ignorant of nothing have neither looked for, nor stumbled upon, the boundary between what is known and unknown in the cosmos.
I loved how the development of the various theories, experiments, simulations was dealt with and how one scientist's thought was based on another one's and so on and so forth back to Newton. Thus, this book provides not only an insight into the past of the universe but into the human discoveries and mentions all the important personas in this field of studies. Loved it. I hope I will find enough free-time to read Tyson's book Death by Black Hole soon though it seems unlikely with all the required reading for university Me when I finished the book Part 1: Origin of the universe If you ever saw our earth -the complete photo- or the the Milky Way and wonderd how it became like this?
Origins: Fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith
HOW we reached this point? THEN this book will answer you, it may not answer you fully since there are questions until now scientist couldn't answer. We are NOT the center of the universe so we must stop searching for life in other planets assuming it must look like us or they must have our air and water to sustain life!
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And If by a miracle- which actually happened- we found planets like Earth "leaving us face to face as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in The Great Gatsby with something commensurate with man's capacity to wonder. Feb 01, aPriL does feral sometimes rated it it was amazing Shelves: academic-notations , non-fiction , favorites , math-horrors-involved , illuminating , omg-so-exciting-couldnt-stop-readin , science. Co-author Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and co-author Donald Goldsmith is an astronomy writer, and in my opinion, they make a good team. The book is the most coherently arranged science book on this subject I have ever tried.
I learned a great deal that I had never understood or had known about recent mainstream discoveries and theories gleaned from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Galileo spacecraft that explored Jupiter in , the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft that explored Saturn in , and WMAP Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe that was launched in to study the cosmic background radiation.
The two authors filled in many gaps in my knowledge, such as why most scientists think there was a Big Bang.
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A fascinating narrative in Chapter 1 'In the Beginning' mixes speculations as well as what has been gleaned from actual measurements and observations about the expansion of the Universe. I never knew about how particles and photons were so energized it took a while before the production of atoms was possible - about ten minutes into the cool down of the Big Bang. I have heard endlessly another Universe pun, sorry about the cosmic background radiation CBR which had been accidentally detected in pigeon poop was involved after years of predictions by respectable Big Brain scientists since the 's.
I did not have a clue why everyone thought it was proof of the Big Bang, only that the CBR was it somehow. The CBR was a proof of concept for astrophysicists because these now currently almost evenly distributed microwave spectrum waves go back to almost the beginning of time, maybe just when the Universe was , years old. These microwaves were once ferocious gamma-ray and X-ray photons from the Big Bang. Eventually the CBR will be in the radio wave spectrum in another one hundred billion years, not microwaves photons anymore, as these photons lose more and more of their original energy from the Big Bang.
The temperature of the Universe, which scientists can measure, dropped as the size of the Universe expanded. How do they know the Universe is expanding, btw? The Doppler Effect of light! The explanation about how many ways scientists are using the Dopplar effect, such as to find exosolar planets, was astonishing!
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Briefly, but with the most coherent explanations I have ever read, the authors explain the creation of atoms, space dust, types of suns and galaxies, dark energy, dark matter, elements as in the element table , and what has been learned about some of the planets and their moons. Included in the back of the book are a glossary of terms, a section for further reading, and an Index. Two sections of photos are included that add depth sort of a pun, you know, it's all about Space to the explanations. Heisenberg and Schrodinger are driving along the Autobahn when they are stopped by a police officer.
The cop says to Heisenberg, who is driving, "Do you know how fast you were going?!