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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735211513
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 670,003
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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We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ksprings More than 1 year ago
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.