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Marcus Chown’s highly accessible exploration of reality, the nature of the universe, and the place of life within it. Starting with the questions being asked by the world’s most daring and imaginative scientists, he takes us to the frontier of science and reveals that the mysteries being examined there are those that matter most to all of us: could we live for ever? where did we come from? and what the hell are we doing here?
Marcus Chown's mastery of the written language, his intimate knowledge of the subject matter and his easy and clear style unravels some of the most fundamental minds bending cosmologival, physical and mathermatical puzzles in easy to digest bite-sized chunks ... I can not find fault with this book, the style is yummy, the mathematics non-existent and the concepts suprising.
Acclaimed science writer Marcus Chown isn't afraid of the big or difficult topics. He can simplify the mind-bendingly complex and bring within the grasp of the ordinary reader some of the beautiful mysteries of modern science.
Marcus Chown has the happy knack of making abstruse subjects seem intelligible.
A short cut to the latest ideas. Chown writes lucidly and with enthusiasm.
Reading this book is a little like being at a party (OK, a very nerdy one) with an almost perfect DJ. The tracks Chown plays - a mixture of the familiar and the cutting edge - are not records, however, but the highlights of recent attempts to answer some of the biggest scientific questions there are, from "What is beyond the edge of the universe?" to "Why do we experience a past, present and future? This book does what the best popular science books do: it gives enough of an overview of each subject to make it exciting, and leaves you to pursue the primary texts yourself if you want to. In an age of over-specialisation in both the sciences and the humanities, and nowhere near enough true interdisciplinarity, we must all be grateful to writers like Chown who are able to make accessible work that in its crude form is not only inaccessible to outsiders, but unknown to them.
Marcus Chown has written a fascinating entertaining and stimulating book exploring some of the more esoteric byways of fundamental science ... As a whole the book is an excellent introduction to many of the fascinating questions being addresses in theoretical physics and cosmology today ... I whole-heartedly recommend this book.
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