Tweeting the Universe: Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas

Tweeting the Universe: Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas

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by Govert Schilling, Marcus Chown
     
 

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In 140 pages, two masterly popularisers present 140 explanations of the biggest questions in physics - in the form of 10 or so tweets per page. They set themselves the challenge of boiling down what is essential on each subject into sentences of 140 characters, and the results are both entertaining and brilliantly informative. Not a word is wasted. The reader

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In 140 pages, two masterly popularisers present 140 explanations of the biggest questions in physics - in the form of 10 or so tweets per page. They set themselves the challenge of boiling down what is essential on each subject into sentences of 140 characters, and the results are both entertaining and brilliantly informative. Not a word is wasted. The reader is not patronized and learns something on every page. If only all science writing could be so precise and so economical.

Only science writers of a very high calibre could achieve such compression. Marcus Chown - 'the finest cosmology writer of our day' (Matt Ridley) - has known the Dutch writer Govert Schilling for twenty years. Schilling pioneered this very swift form of explanation in a Dutch newspaper, and suggested to Chown that they collaborate on bringing it to a wider audience. Tweeting the Universe is unlike any other science book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780571278442
Publisher:
Faber and Faber
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
454 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Marcus Chown is the author of the bestselling Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never Ending Days of Being Dead and The Magic Furnace. He is the cosmology consultant for New Scientist. He also wrote The Solar System, the bestselling app for iPad, which won the Future Book Award 2011.

Govert Schilling has published widely on astronomical topics. Three of his books have been translated into English: The Hunt for Planet X, Evolving Cosmos and Flash!. The International Astronomical Union named Asteroid 10986 Govert after him in recognition of his work on popularizing science.


Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, he is currently cosmology consultant of the weekly science magazine New Scientist.

He is the author of the bestselling Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never Ending Days of Being Dead and The Magic Furnace. He also wrote The Solar System, the bestselling app for iPad, which won the Future Book Award 2011.

Marcus Chown has also written a work for children, Felicity Frobisher and the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil.

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Tweeting the Universe: Very Short Courses on Very Big Ideas. Marcus Chown, Govert Schilling 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
seldombites More than 1 year ago
I know the blurb makes this book sound boring but it really isn't. In fact, it is chock full of fascinating facts about some very interesting topics. The authors have managed to explain the answers to very large questions in small easy-to-understand tweets, making this book an excellent choice for the layperson. It would also be great as a beginners guide for those interested in delving deeper into science of physics. Overall, this is a book I would recommend to any reader with the least bit of interest in science, the universe or the world around us.