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Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin - Book Review

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780307958198
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Published: Knopf - March 29th, 2016

This is a great read for people interested in science, particularly what has happened in the century since Einstein's theory of relativity was presented. It details the interesting, sometime odd, passionate and brilliant people who have worked to measure gravitational waves and, therefore, prove that black holes exist as theorized. Sounds much more dry that it is - Levin does a good job bringing the quest to life and explaining just enough science to make it interesting but not overwhelming to a layperson. The decades of hard work and experimentation that have gone into this effort are amazing and the scientists are characters. Good read! ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing by James Owen Weatherall - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780300209983
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Published: Yale University Press - November 22nd, 2016

Philosopher of science, James Owen Weatherall discusses the true nature of empty space (if there really is such a thing). He goes over the history of ideas people have about the way space and time is measured and how with every major discovery in physics from classical conceptions to quantum mechanics, the idea of what nothing is or isn't radically changes. If you are a person curious about the fundamental nature of reality, this is a great book to pick up. ~ Reviewed by Chris Van Natten


The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781590308356
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Published: Shambhala - September 14th, 2010

From Einstein to quantum physics, the ancient mysticism of the far east has striking parallels to modern science. A book for those who need a concrete foundation for their spirituality. ~ Reviewed by Chris Van Natten


Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062464316
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Published: Harper - February 21st, 2017

Where have we been, where are we now and where are we going as a species? Pitched for the general reader with clarity, humor and many “aha” examples, we journey from the dawn of humanity to the current Anthropocene Era dominated by man and the religion of Humanism. While pointing out possible pitfalls in our continuing evolution (including self-extinction), Harari remains cautiously hopeful. What separates human consciousness from other species is imagination and the drive to tell stories and Science, Politics and Religion are the tools. Is consciousness simply a sophisticated series of algorithms? Will the continued development of Artificial intelligence eventually put an end to the species? We are currently in the Age Of Dataism where information IS religion. Should be required reading for all. Magnificent, profound and delightfully readable. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


Time Travel

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ISBN: 9780307908797
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Published: Pantheon - September 27th, 2016

We tend to think the idea of time travel is as old as...well, time itself. But surprisingly, travelling through time is a concept that only just came about in the last 100 years. Tracing the idea through literature, language, pop culture, and physics, from H.G. Wells to Stephen Hawkings, Gleick doesn't end up definitively proving if time travel is possible. But he will leave readers wondering: is it impossible? ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


The Big Picture

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ISBN: 9780525954828
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Published: Dutton - May 10th, 2016

This theoretical physicist/author paints a rich multidisciplinary picture of current thought from astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics and philosophy. He offers his 'sense making' though the more exciting part may be the impact quantum physics has had on our understandings of how life works. ~ Reviewed by Vicki Ward


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