A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWelcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today s leading astrophysicists Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A Strauss, and J Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, worA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWelcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today s leading astrophysicists Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course that Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A Strauss, and J Richard Gott taught together at Princeton, this book covers it all from planets, stars, and galaxies to black holes, wormholes, and time travel.Describing the latest discoveries in astrophysics, the informative and entertaining narrative propels you from our home solar system to the outermost frontiers of space How do stars live and die Why did Pluto lose its planetary status What are the prospects of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe How did the universe begin Why is it expanding and why is its expansion accelerating Is our universe alone or part of an infinite multiverse Answering these and many other questions, the authors open your eyes to the wonders of the cosmos, sharing their knowledge of how the universe works.Breathtaking in scope and stunningly illustrated throughout, Welcome to the Universe is for those who hunger for insights into our evolving universe that only world class astrophysicists can provide.
Welcome to the Universe An Astrophysical Tour A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWelcome to the Universe is a personal guided tour of the cosmos by three of today s leading astrophysicists Inspired by the enormously popular introductory astronomy course
Let's look at this book. What can we say about it? It's got nearly 500 pages, it's nicely produced, it's got some famous names on the cover. The blurb says it's based on a popular introductory astronomy course the authors gave at Princeton. Well, that tells us something, but it doesn't tell us what we want to know. Is it any good? So let's stop for a moment and think about how we might answer the question. It doesn't really make any sense unless we have something to compare it with. What other b [...]
Yeah! Welcome to the Universe! The work about the cosmos done by a combo package of renowned astrophysicists. Richard J Gott, a person widely famous for his terrific works on time travel research and applied solution of various longevity predictions using Copernican Principles.Neil deGrasse Tyson, one of the well known astrophysicists in the planet and also as a widely served public science educator. Michael Strauss, an uber explorer in the field of extra galactic astronomy and observational cos [...]
IT WAS LIKE REALLY REALLY GOOD.I WANT TO BECOME AN ASTROPHYSICIST, AND THIS WAS *ZE* BOOK!!IT COMPLETELY TRIGGERED MY INNER HUNGER AND I ALMOST ATE THE BOOK - THIS IS A *MUST* READ!!! A *MUST*!!!
From 2+2 to Superstring Theory and beyondThe preface explains that this book arises from a course run by the three authors at Princeton University – a course on the universe for non-science majors; indeed, for students who perhaps had never taken a science course before. My knowledge of science is pretty basic and my maths is, if anything, even dodgier. So although the idea of the book intrigued me, I feared it might be way over my head.The book is divided into three sections, each written mai [...]
One of the first things a writer is encouraged to do is to be aware of his or her audience. I think it's interesting that this book, like many written by physicists, mostly has comments on the back from physicists, because the book is written as if they were the audience. Not as serious reading - more the equivalent of a heavy literary fiction reader indulging in a bit of Agatha Christie for light relief. The trouble is that this isn't the audience it's supposed to be for. To make things worse, [...]
This is probably the best pop-physics book that I've read. A great summary of modern astrophysics (and physics in general) plus a lot of good history.
This gorgeous introduction to several areas of physics and cosmology is perhaps the best of its kind to be published if there are even comparable works (in terms of scope, not subject matter). Richard Gott, Michael Strauss, and Neil deGrasse Tyson are all very engaging and informative writers and even though they each write their own individual chapters the book has a very even read to it, with Tyson perhaps being the most engaging of the three. You will leave this book with firmer grasp as to t [...]
If you want to widen your imagination of the universe then you should read this mind-blowing book
Such an amazing universe we live in! This book blew my mind!booksmjb/2016/10
Welcome to the Universe is one of the best astrophysics books I've read so far. Not only it includes many equations more than many other science books, but it also gives readers a thorough explanations from the history to the frontiers of astrophysics. Most of the topics are familiar to me, but the last part on anthropic principle is quite impressive. I came across the concepts of the principle before, but the scenario to which it is applied is new to me, and that's exciting.I'm looking forward [...]
Some of this stuff went way over my head, but it was interesting! And definitely better read in sections as each chapter is essentially a lecture!
This book is an overview of modern cosmology, with explanations of things ranging from Newtonian physics to the Big Bang to string theory and the slow death of the universe. It is basically a distillation of the ideas the authors presented in an entry-level general course at Princeton. Much of it is familiar territory, but there are also in-depth explanations that are simultaneously challenging and accessible.The ideas and concepts discussed are interesting, but the explanations are often tediou [...]
A great book. This takes the really complex subject of astrophysics and turns into something anyone can appreciate and in a lot of cases, actually understand! The writing is superb - really engaging and takes us from a world that people once thought was flat, to the outer reaches of the cosmos! I'd say that this makes a great companion to "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking, as it's equally mind-bending and mind-expanding! Recommended!
“As a scientist, you must embrace the inconstancy of knowledge. You learn to love the questions themselves.”
This book covers a wide variety of topics around the core notion of astrophysics. Tyson, Strauss, and Gott each take chapters in turn and cover everything from gravity to photons to the infinite universe to why Pluto is no longer counted as a planet. (This last duplicates information already covered in Tyson's The Pluto Files.)Unlike many popular books on science, Welcome to the Universe is brave enough to walk readers through the actual equations that helped develop our understanding of the s [...]
Only took me almost a year to read this, lol!RTC
This is a fairly good guide covers the important ideas in astronomy from earth's rotation, Heliocentrism, Newton's laws, planets, Star life cycle and burning, galaxies, black holes, Quasars, Big Bang, Cosmic Expansion, Inflation etc. Covers the main points. I have read much of this before but for someone new to the topic it is as good a place as any to pick up these ideas.
True to the title, it is for the most part, an Astrophysical tour that takes you across solar systems, galaxies, quasars, black holes and other massive entities in the universe. However, it also deals a little bit with fundamental particles, their nature and interaction and the underlying physics that leads to the behavior of the infinitesimally small and the unimaginably large. Having read many books over the past year from Lawrence Krauss, Sean Carroll, Stephen Hawking, Max Tegmark and various [...]
This was such an entertaining and interesting book, I greatly enjoyed reading it. With Neil deGrasse Tyson, J. Richard Gott and Michael A. Strauss you not only get three of today's heavyweights in astrophysics as authors, but also three people who write interestingly, with humour and great passion about their subject.The book aims to adress the interested layman, and while I would certainly call myself that and have read many books on the subject, I do have to say: it was still waaaay over my he [...]
Based on the introductory astronomy course co-taught by the authors, Welcome to the Universe is a one-volume summary of modern astronomy, from our solar system and beyond—including planets, stars, galaxies, and black holes.I've read a lot of popular science books, and this one stands apart. I find it's content entertaining, approachable, and scientific, extremely broad in scope, but detailed enough to keep my interest. The history of astronomy and its contributors represent a significant porti [...]
There was a lot of math to show how discoveries were made. I don't need multiple pages explaining the evolution of an equation, but would rather be told how things were related, and move on to the discussion of the idea. It probably seems childish to complain about the amount of math in a book on astrophysics, but I found it distracting and unnecessary for a book oriented toward the layperson./It was my understanding there would be no math
Welcome to the Universe is a comprehensive guide into Astrophysics. It is a very well written book that is very factual, yet includes an occasional joke; making the book more enjoyable. Welcome to the Universe covers many territories that range all the way from the physics of time travel and wormholes to the interstellar medium and life on other planets. This is a book not for people looking for an easy read, as there are explanations involving physical formulae and other such things. The book i [...]
Very good. I learned quite a lot and have developed a renewed sense of fawning excitement about all that has been discovered and is yet to be discovered in our universe. Michael Strauss was definitely the strongest and clearest of the contributors, but it was excellent in general.
To say I read all of Welcome to the Universe would be inaccurate. To say I understood all of what I read would be misleading. To say I thoroughly enjoyed the book would be true. Welcome to the Universe is an entertaining, enlightening, challenging book full of fascinating information about the universe. The book is divided into three parts each tackled primarily by one of the three authors: Tyson's Part I. Stars, Planets, and Life. Strauss's Part II. Galaxies. And Gott's Part III. Einstein and t [...]
Everything I was looking for. How orbits work, life cycles of stars, the Big Bang, scale of the universe, relativity, etc. All there and covered fairly accessibly but probably quite a bit more than most everyday joes with a garden variety interest in space are looking for. It gets progressively more difficult to grasp the concepts in each chapter, and by the end I was pretty well lost, but in a way that makes me want to keep at it - you can tell there are some mind blowing epiphanies in there, i [...]
thebusyreader/single-“Astrophysics to this day resides in my same mental category for magic and mysticism potentially dangerous if I’m not careful.”When I hear the word “astrophysics”, I often remember a specific physics problem from my university days: “What is the angular momentum of a chair that is rotating about its axis while bolted to a merry-go-round, and the merry-go-round itself is rotating?” This image nearly always evokes uneasiness in me because I never did solve that p [...]
Ugggggg . I have been trying to write this review for four days. Maybe it takes me a percentage of the time I took to read the book to formulate a review? It did take me over a week to read Welcome to the Universe, with Neil deGrasse Tyson's name in bigger font than the other two co-authors. At first that made me sad for the other two authors, but then I got miffed over J. Richard Gott's chapters, where there's a lot of I did this!, which probably shouldn't annoy me as much as it did, since he d [...]
I've never been particularly interested in science. But I saw Neil deGrasse Tyson on a T.V. talk show, and I thought him quite likeable. As a youngster (a teen, I believe) he went up onto the roof of an apartment building (in New York), with a telescope under his arm. Someone called the police. (Naturally.) But Tyson was well advised by his parents, to understand that the police were armed, so he was to remain calm and reasonable if he were ever approached by them. (No attitude, defensiveness, a [...]
First don't get this as an audiobook. It's not bad as an audiobook, but there are far too many diagrams, equations and referenced pictures for this to flow well as an audiobook. I ended up spending about an hour with the 100 page PDF that accompanies the audible version of this after finishing the audiobook just to catch up, and that's just not as good as having things inline. Also having equations read is pretty worthless.All that said it's an awesome summary of modern astrophysics. It seems to [...]