TITLE: The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond
AUTHOR: Christophe Galfard
DATE PUBLISHED: 2016
"Imagine if The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was a real hand book...
Internationally renowned physicist and bestselling author Christophe Galfard takes us on a wonder-filled journey through the past, present and future of the universe – all from the comfort of a sofa.
The Universe in Your Hand explores some of the most profound and amazing ideas of our times – Quantum Mechanics, General Relativity, Time Travel, Parallel Realities and Multiple Universe – with the promise that you'll only need one equation: the fabled E = mc²
Written from the cutting edge of today's technology, including the latest research on gravitational waves, The Universe in Your Hand is the perfect primer for anyone curious about our extraordinary universe."
I'm a bit uncertain on how to rate, or even review, this book. On the one hand, the explanations of physics, quantum mechanics, general relativity, astrophysics, cosmology, gravity, etc are pretty good and, most importantly, understandable without requiring a physics degree.* On the other hand, the imaginary adventurous travels (i.e. thought experiments) to such things as the inside of atoms and the cosmos in general just didn't really work for me, though I did eventually get used to it. Maybe this sort of thing works better for people who have pictures and movies pop up in their heads when they read books, but that simply isn't me. Otherwise, an interesting introductiory book that makes mind-bending subjects not so complicated, while managing to be entertaining at the same time.
*Except String Theory. I think you need to have ingested a substantial quantity of magic mushrooms for that to make any sense.