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Tweeting the Universe: Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas [Hardcover]

Marcus Chown , Govert Schilling
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3 Nov 2011

In 140 pages, two masterly popularisers present 140 explanations of the biggest questions in physics - in the form of 10 or so tweets per page. They set themselves the challenge of boiling down what is essential on each subject into sentences of 140 characters, and the results are both entertaining and brilliantly informative. Not a word is wasted. The reader is not patronized and learns something on every page. If only all science writing could be so precise and so economical.

Only science writers of a very high calibre could achieve such compression. Marcus Chown - 'the finest cosmology writer of our day' (Matt Ridley) - has known the Dutch writer Govert Schilling for twenty years. Schilling pioneered this very swift form of explanation in a Dutch newspaper, and suggested to Chown that they collaborate on bringing it to a wider audience. Tweeting the Universe is unlike any other science book.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (3 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571278434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571278435
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Two great science writers set themselves the challenge to describe the biggest theories in science - each in just 140 characters.

About the Author

Marcus Chown is the author of the bestselling Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never Ending Days of Being Dead and The Magic Furnace. He is the cosmology consultant for New Scientist. He also wrote The Solar System, the bestselling app for iPad, which won the Future Book Award 2011.

Govert Schilling has published widely on astronomical topics. Three of his books have been translated into English: The Hunt for Planet X, Evolving Cosmos and Flash!. The International Astronomical Union named Asteroid 10986 Govert after him in recognition of his work on popularizing science.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 28 Jan 2012
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I admit I bought this on a whim, but...

its great... I personally struggle with written physics because i'm a practical kinda guy and I often struggle to understand something unless its well justified.

This book goes about explaining a question in a very interesting way - each question is answered in the form of a series of tweets (140 characters), each tweet (sentence) is precise, well considered and only those words which add meaning or help explain are included. You can tell there's been a lot of thought into how a question is answered.

Such as;
Why is the Sky Blue,
Why is the Sun Hot?
Why is Mars Red?
What are stars?
What are galaxies?
How fast is the universe expanding?

I really like this approach, very easy to read and interesting. Great approach, definitely recommended ..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant short intelligent bites 30 Jan 2012
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Like listening to a very clever scientist giving you one-syllable explanations of the hard stuff in a pub. Not meant to be read through, but dipped into again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great wee book! 4 Sep 2013
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I love the innovative style and quirky content. It puts scientific fact into readable chunks making it easy to absorb and understand. Thank you Marcus Chown & Govert Schilling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read! 20 Aug 2012
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This book delivers on everything! It's well written, precise, detailed and yet subtle and gives you so many interesting facts explaining how a lot of things work. Has put plenty of questions of mine right and it's so short that it is impossible to get bored!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 21 Jan 2013
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I know the blurb makes this book sound boring but it really isn't. In fact, it is chock full of fascinating facts about some very interesting topics. The authors have managed to explain the answers to very large questions in small easy-to-understand tweets, making this book an excellent choice for the layperson. It would also be great as a beginners guide for those interested in delving deeper into science of physics.

Overall, this is a book I would recommend to any reader with the least bit of interest in science, the universe or the world around us.
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