We Have No Idea

We Have No Idea

A Guide to the Unknown Universe

eBook - 2017
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Penguin Putnam
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.

Baker & Taylor
The creator of PHD Comics and a University of California particle physicist blend infographics, cartoons and lighthearted scientific explanations to fill in gaps in layperson cosmological knowledge, offering coverage of topics ranging from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational wave and exploding black holes.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780735211537
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Whiteson, Daniel
OverDrive, Inc


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Papagrizz45 Mar 17, 2018

It’s like a Comic Book for Astronomers, Engineers and Physicists. A highly enjoyable, fast, and fun read. If you’re not one of the above then this is a good book to dip your big toe into the Physics pool. The Artwork is great to explain the point being made in a humorous way. At times in the book, it pokes the bear with a big stick of 95% of the unknown universe.

I just wish this book had been around forty (40) years ago when I picked up my first book on ballistics (basic physics). Now my question is where would Physics be if it was not for ballistics? The answer is neither in this book nor on the web site of PHD Comic.com. A lot of the small details of physics are beyond the scope of this book which is good because it is a fun read.

If you’re a budding Physicist or an old person just looking for the answers I would highly recommend a romp in “We Have No Idea”. It’s just plain fun. Not like some of those books that leave you scratching your head.

I would give it 6 stars but it only goes to 5.

I’m just a Backyard Bozo with Binoculars


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