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 their popular infographics, cartoons, and 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 fully illustrated 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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Daniel Whiteson is a professor of experimental particle physics at the University of California, Irvine, and a fellow of the American Physical Society. He conducts research using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Table of Contents
1 What Is the Universe Made of? 3
2 What Is Dark Matter? 13
3 What Is Dark Energy? 27
4 What Is the Most Basic Element of Matter? 43
5 The Mysteries of Mass 59
6 Why Is Gravity So Different from the Other Forces? 77
7 What Is Space? 95
8 What Is Time? 117
9 How Many Dimensions Are There? 141
10 Can We Travel Faster Than Light? 161
11 Who Is Shooting Superfast Particles at the Earth? 185
12 Why Are We Made of Matter, Not Antimatter? 203
14 What Happened During the Big Bang? 227
15 How BIG Is the Universe? 253
16 Is There a Theory of Everything? 279
17 Are We Alone in the Universe? 309
A Conclusion of Sorts 335
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe is a witty take on the science of physics. As a science fiction writer, I picked up this book with an idea of figuring out where all the blank spots in our knowledge of the universe where. These would be fertile locations for my imagination to run riot. I was not disappointed. Very profound topics of dark matter, dark energy, gravity, quarks and leptons, and so on. It includes amusing comics. (Jorge Cham is the creator of the online comic, Piled Higher and Deeper, or PhD.) If you aren't a hard scientist but want to know what we don't know about the universe, this is a book you will want to read.