I really enjoyed this personal and intimate journey through life and physics. I struggled to understand some of the concepts dealt with but enjoyed the book no less for that - a testament to Janna Levin's light and easy storytelling style. I discovered the author through the 'Moth' storytelling initiative and I would recommend anyone who loves good storytelling to check out this iniative further.
Interested in the cosmos? Got some physics? (Thanks Mrs Perry, I'm sorry I was such a dunce, but I was a FASCINATED dunce). Have you tried to wrap your head around the concept of space being curved, and found your brains curdling and your knees turning green? If so, this is the book for you. Forget those rubbery sheet models, this writer knows how to make you SEE how space could be finite and saddle shaped (my favourite), or flat and infinite. Every model she describes is completely comprehensible, even if you don't have elucidating dreams about it like I did..... This is an excellent, human-sized read, written by a woman with a real life and a handle on both her everyday experience AND the mind-bending mysteries of life, the universe, etc.
No really, it could be saddle shaped... like a Pringle....... honest....
This is a refreshing contribution to the popular science genre, as it mixes physics and cosmology with some very personal aspects of Levin's life. The book touches on key areas such as general relativity, quantum physics and topology, and yet stays on track to tackle the question of the universe's 'spots'. The 225 pages are a very manageable, with clear diagrams and useful references within the text to a handful of other key popular science accounts. Recommended to anyone who is curious about the cosmos!