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5.0 out of 5 stars Where were these guys when I was in physics-class!?, 27 July 2010
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This review is from: A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty (Hardcover)
I want to start of by saying that before I read this book, I knew as much about physics as you do about how Einsteins hair got that way. Not a lot.
But page after page the authors explained complicated physics in a simple, yet comprehensive way.
You will find very little "sciency" words, other than the names of the concepts they explain in their unique way.
Besides being easy to understand and easier to read, the authors make use of everyday situations as examples and use (very funny) cartoons to make you want to be late for that cool party you're already 2 hours late for because you can't put the book down.
And had I not learned so much about physics in this book, I would have thought they wrote a comedy book.
At regular intervals, I would catch myself thinking "How come no one explained it like this before? I would have paid attention if they had!"

To give you a taste of what I mean by funny, but still very informative:
"Our universe seems stranger than it needs to be. ...
It's made up of some sort of "dark matter" that doesn't interact with light ("dark") but that is a source of gravity ("matter"). In other words the name does nothing more then describe our ignorance. This explanation is only moderately more satisfying than saying gravity is caused by fairies."

About Time Travel:
"Imagine you got it in your head to do something profoundly stupid like kill your own grandfather before your father was conceived.*(We don't know why physicists have gotten into the macabre habit of talking about grand-patricide, but who are we to argue?)"

I was also surprised to find a couple of pages here and there that rate popular movies and tv-shows against actual physics.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes learning new things, and especially those that like to learn new things and be entertained at the same time.
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