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Unknown Universe: The Origin of the Universe, Quantum Gravity, Wormholes, and Other Things Science Still Can't Explain Hardcover – 21 May 2008


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Theoretical physicist Hammond (U. of North Carolina) explains some of the most perplexing concepts from contemporary theoretical physics to the general reader. Individual chapters discuss cosmic acceleration, dark matter, the cosmic ray paradox, renormalization (necessary because infinity minus infinity does not equal zero in physics), the theorize

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Mysteries of the Universe! 9 May 2008
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Professor Hammond guides us on a personal tour of the unsolved mysteries of physics at the forefront of current research. His sense of humor and writing style make this book an exciting read. He discusses unsolved mysteries from the Higgs particle all the way to dark energy. I really enjoyed this book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Interesting and informative book-great read! 27 May 2008
By Janet Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Unknown Universe helped me to understand many questions I had about the origin of the universe. I really liked how it was written, using interesting questions for the reader to answer at the beginning of the chapters. Also, the style of writing was fun to read, not like many science books which are (to this reader) usually very technical and difficult to understand. Professor Hammond helped to make the topics that he wrote about understandable in a fun and interesting way that anyone could understand. I had trouble putting it down once I got started!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
recommended for community library metaphysical studies collections 11 July 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What in the Universe is going on with our universe? "The Unknown Universe: The Origin of the Universe, Quantum Gravity, Wormholes, and Other Things Science Still Can't Explain" looks at these baffling questions that humanity doesn't have the answer to and potentially never will. With a focus on the enigma of dark matter, and a sudden challenge to the almost-accepted-as-fact theory of gravity, "The Unknown Universe" is a thought provoking look at little pieces of information that completely turn everything humanity knows upside down. Highly recommended for community library metaphysical studies collections.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Noble approach to science's mysteries 5 Jun. 2008
By Christopher Augustin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The first thing you will notice about this book is that it explores the true mysteries of the universe in a completely different way. The author uses a vast arsenal of unique approaches, including humor, short quizzes and real world situations to explain the mysteries and theories of our universe. It was a bit difficult to muster through at times, given an overall lack of experience in the physics subject matter, but still a good read!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Concise and Complete 30 Jun. 2008
By J. Enright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a good survey of the current state of the science of physics presented in an engaging and enjoyable style. Dr. Hammond should be commended for navigating the potentially confusing and sometimes tortuous debate that simmers below the surface of modern physics. He pastes the scrap-book elements of theory and interpretation into a surprisingly accessible and almost seamless whole.

Worth more than five stars.
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