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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (23 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1483022072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1483022079
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Roberto Trotta is a theoretical cosmologist at Imperial College London, where his research is about dark matter, dark energy and the Big Bang. His goal is to learn more about the history and nature of the Universe, by using cosmology as a Universe-sized laboratory for particle and high energy physics.

A winner of the I'm a Scientist-Get me out of here! Astronomy Zone in June 2014, Roberto has been named one of the 100 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers 2014 for "junking astronomy jargon" in "The Edge of the Sky". He is a recipient of numerous awards for his research and outreach, including the Lord Kelvin Award of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the Michelson Prize of Case Western Reserve University.

Roberto is a passionate science communicator who has given hundreds of public talks, participated to radio broadcasts and TV programmes, and published over 20 articles in national magazines. He has worked with artists, architects and filmmakers and created artwork that explores novel ways of engaging the public with astrophysics and cosmology. His work has been exhibited internationally, including the Venice Biennale.

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A wonder-full not-afraid story-telling try-it-and-see, about big-sky-study of today with only the ten-hundred most used words. Very not-usual, most good. Fun, too. Buy now! --Ian Stewart, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick, and author of Visions of Infinity

Roberto Trotta's clever metaphors illuminate dark matter and dark energy. This book is a delightful, poetic, and informative read about all there is in the Universe. --Edward Frenkel, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, and author of Love and Math

Trotta's deft word choices quickly draw the reader into a surprisingly vivid alternate reality where student-persons (scientists) strive to pierce the mysteries of the All-There-Is: the universe... [T]he spare writing is elegant, even poetic. Literary experiments tend either to work or to flail with awkwardness; in Trotta's hands, this beautifully written book, with its limited vocabulary, soars. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Roberto Trotta's clever metaphors illuminate dark matter and dark energy. This book is a delightful, poetic, and informative read about all there is in the Universe. --Edward Frenkel, Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, and author of Love and Math

Trotta's deft word choices quickly draw the reader into a surprisingly vivid alternate reality where student-persons (scientists) strive to pierce the mysteries of the All-There-Is: the universe... [T]he spare writing is elegant, even poetic. Literary experiments tend either to work or to flail with awkwardness; in Trotta's hands, this beautifully written book, with its limited vocabulary, soars. --Publishers Weekly, starred review --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Roberto Trotta is a theoretical cosmologist in the astrophysics group of Imperial College London. He has held research positions at the University of Geneva and the University of Oxford, as well as visiting positions at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cape Town, the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. One of the world's leading figures in 'astrostatistics,' a new discipline focusing on the use of statistical methods to solve problems in cosmology and astrophysics, he has published more than fifty scientific papers, contributed to two books and received numerous awards for his research, including the Michelson Prize of Case Western Reserve University, the Lord Kelvin Award of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Public Engagement Fellowship by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK. In 2014, Foreign Policy named him one of the top Global Thinkers for the year. Visit him at www.robertotrotta.com --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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My original plan was to write a review for ‘The Edge of the Sky’ Trotta style; that is, using 1000 of the most commonly used words in the English language. This proved far too difficult however because of the poetic crafting required and just underlined for me Trotta’s abilities as a word-smith. This is worth saying simply because the beautiful writing in ‘The Edge of the Sky’ belies the extraordinary skill needed to produce text which reads so effortlessly and with such apparent simplicity - in other words this is a real treat to read. Trotta is also, and foremost, a renowned physicist with a commitment to sharing the insights and challenges of scientific cosmology with a wide audience. And yet, I think it is fair to say that this is not a book which comfortably fits the parameters of conventional science communication. Its sophistication lies not in making phenomena such as ‘red shift’, ‘dark energy’ or ‘supersymmetry’ more understandable. Indeed if a reader is looking for clarification and explanation, ‘The Edge of the Skye’ will definitely fall short. Rather, the book’s value lies in its ability to tenderly evoke wonder, uncertainty and humility. And these, of course, are all qualities which characterize the very discipline of theoretical cosmology as it trades on intimately connecting the known and the unknown. More specifically, the book’s value lies in its capacity to unexpectedly displace the reader in his/her encounter with cosmic mysteries via language. I experienced an emotional and intellectual jolt when reading this book for the first – and then for the second time.Read more ›
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As a former, small-time dj, I've always looked for songs that would equally amaze the connoisseur and any random person you'd bump into in the street. Roberto Trotta's book is very much like that, like one of those perfect songs: it's deceptively simple (it uses only the 1,000 most common English words!), but not at all banal, and it can be enjoyed on many different levels.
Basically Roberto Trotta, a well-established London-based Professor in Astrophysics, who isn’t a native English speaker, took on the challenge of explaining the "state of the science" in terms of understanding the Universe, in a way that is both accurate and incredibly easy to understand.
With "The Edge of the Sky" he manages this (and I am talking from the point of view of a pretty bad science student!), and he does so with so much warmth, wonderment and inspiration that the reader ends up not only learning about the topic, but even with a new found passion for it.
There is almost a poetic quality about this book too, which makes the reading a real pleasure, and believe it or not, even some hilarious moments (see for example how the author manages to describe his homeland without using the word “Switzerland”).
Some reviewers’ comparisons to Magic Realism were spot on, as Roberto Trotta is able to take all his scientific knowledge and look at it with a fresh eye, from a completely different angle.
If you are looking for a cool read or a present, don't look any further. No age restriction, only a curious mind required!
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I have never read books like The Edge of the Sky, in which the author uses only the simplest English words to explain something serious. I read quite a few popular science books before. Although those authors try to explain everything in layman terms, they still cannot avoid ‘jargon-dropping’ in their books. However, in The Edge of the Sky you junk all those cosmological jargons by only sticking with the simplest 1000 English words. Though you need to stretch a little bit sometimes when explaining elusive concepts, overall I think it is coherent, pellucid, interesting and poetic(since you put a little poem at the beginning of each chapter). This style definitely helps The Edge of the Sky reach more classes of readers, for instance, kids and even students who learn English as a second language.

Adult readers might think The Edge of the Sky is for the children at the beginning but when they finish reading they will definitely change their mind. Indeed, The Edge of the Sky is simple but not shallow. It does cover all the essential parts of modern cosmology and the science behind the simple language is accurate and rigorous. For 'cosmologically-educated’ readers, it is rewarding to go through all the key points of cosmology. Also, it is quite fun to identify all the terms/expressions with the jargons and check them later in the list provided in the end of the book. The Edge of the Sky points out those unsolved problems in cosmology, like dark matter and dark energy, reminding us that cosmology is always a exciting and intriguing field to research on.
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This is a surprisingly poetic account of the origin of all things according to science. Using only the 1000 most common words in the English language, must be in some sense be a daring and humbling task for a scientist to undertake. It is not possible to hide behind science-lingo or only address your peers in this way. So the project, as I understand it, is not just about writing a (very) short history of 'all there is', but also about testing the capacity for language to communicate ideas. It is interesting to note that it is these very restrictions that contribute to the poetic language of this elegantly written and attractively illustrated little book. The book has great educational potential, and will no doubt appeal to readers of all ages. But the thing that for me makes this project interesting is that using performative language, such as Dark Push for dark energy, conveys a lot about how basic human understanding of things like movement and space operate. This not only makes us better grasp the magnitude of cosmological speculation (beyond the human) but also throws up questions of how patterns within human perception might influence our ways of accumulating knowledge. This is possibly not the author's main intention, as this book clearly is faithful to current scientific questions. But it is interesting to me, because a theory of 'all there is' must also account for weird stuff like life and consciousness. So for me the performative language of this book raises more questions than it answers, and that is good thing! The language of the book makes you want to ask questions, even beyond those of the author's own, and that is a beautiful thing.
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