We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

by Jorge Cham, Daniel Whiteson


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Prepare to learn everything we still don’t know about our strange and mysterious universe.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735211513
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,005,533
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Jorge Cham is the creator of the popular online comic Piled Higher and Deeper, also known as PHD Comics. He earned his PhD in robotics at Stanford.

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

Introduction 1

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

Acknowledgments 341

Bibliography 343

Index 347

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