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The End of Everything: (Astrophysically…

The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) (original: 2020; edição: 2020)

de Katie Mack (Autor)

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Título:The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking)
Autores:Katie Mack (Autor)
Informação:Scribner (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 240 pages
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The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) de Katie Mack (2020)


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What a fantastic book. Katie Mack is funny, yes. Her sense of humor about the cosmos and our understanding of its inner workings makes it all more enjoyable to read about. Her sense of awe at the wonderous beauty of nature and its weird rules is infectious.

I think the most impressive part of this book is the way that she explains in clear and concise prose some of the most arcane concepts of modern cosmology. Yes the universe will end but you'll feel better about it after reading this book. You will walk away with a much deeper insight into the modern state of our understanding as well. That is no mean feat.

You will find no advice on how to escape an inescapable heat death here, but once you have read her work you won't mind the inevitability of it all - or at least not as much. ( )
  paulgtr234 | Oct 7, 2021 |
Astrophysicist Katie Mack writes about the life of the cosmos, like, the whole cosmos from its beginning to its theoretical ends—what we know, what we sort of know, and what the science tells us might happen—and it's mostly accessible to the layperson if you have some interest in astronomy to begin with.

And I love the witty science humor that comes out in every chapter. I guess the inevitable destruction of everything can't keep Katie Mack from cracking jokes. In fact, I remember Stephen Hawking had similar humor in his books. Must be an astrophysicist thing. I suppose it makes sense. It's no fun being a serious scientist all the time. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | May 20, 2021 |
Full Disclosure: I wrote the author's Wikipedia article. I am not a disinterested party. And this is not only one of the best science books I've ever read, it's one of the best as well as one of the most marvelous books I've ever read. (I'd go for the Big Rip myself.)
  kencf0618 | Apr 29, 2021 |
In a little over 200 pages, Katie Mack walked me through time from the Big Bang to the Heat Death of the universe. She also walks readers through much of physics as presently known. That's incredible, frankly, but there's more: Mack writes snappy prose and leavens her lessons with humor that is sometimes mordant and sometimes whimsical. I laughed a lot reading this book, and how often can one say they laughed reading a book about possible ways the universe will end? or a book about the general theory of relativity? or a book about the second law of thermodynamics? (Well, that last one could become a fairly humorous book.) Mack explains these and other topics without resorting to even the simple mathematics most popular science books include. This is simply a great read and a great way to gain a basic understanding of physics and how it works. I especially appreciated her explanations of the cosmological constant, which I had been fuzzy on before reading her book, dark matter and dark energy. Physics-it's fun! ( )
  nmele | Mar 7, 2021 |
wow. this is fascinating, and discussed in a mostly understandable manner. it makes me wish i'd gone deeper into physics because it is so, so interesting. i probably didn't get as much out of it as i could have, and would have done better if i hadn't listened to this, but read it instead. (and i understand i would have gotten some graphs/diagrams, too, which i would have appreciated.) still, in this book she writes well, makes complex issues relatively simple, is intriguing and even funny, which is not what i expected from a book about the end of the universe.

i really loved the discussion of time, which has always been so interesting to me. (i've always said "time is a vortex" but i guess that's not quite right. still all kinds of wild, though.) thinking of time as having more than one dimension is pretty amazing. maybe that's not the right way to describe it, but looking at things further and further away in space, we are seeing things that are older and older (time is correlated to distance in space!), so if you look far enough away, you can actually see evidence of the big bang. how amazing and cool is that?!??!! and while we are made of stardust, we are also made of the byproducts of the big bang!

all of this is seriously absolutely enthralling. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Dec 24, 2020 |
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