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Summary

This book is for anyone who wants to easily understand the mind-blowing fundamentals of our extraordinary, expanding universe.   

Written by Oxford astrophysicist Dr Becky Smethurst and composed of 10 captivating, simple essays, it guides you swiftly through the galaxies, explaining the mysteries of black holes, dark matter and what existed before the big bang, presenting the evidence as to whether we really are alone, illuminating what we still don't know and much more besides.   

If you have big questions about space, this book will provide you with the answers in an engaging and succinct way.

©2019 Rebecca Smethurst (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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brilliant book, highly recommend

As the title says, brilliant book. what a fantastic narrator beautiful voice. One of the best books I have listened to on the subject. Thanks

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delivered with passion

interesting topics, delivered with clarity and passion. The author has a great voice for audio.

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full of optimism and wonder

really liked listening to this, not at all heavy on the jargon. Great lesson on some cool wonders of space

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Fantastic Accessible Science for all

Becky’s story telling is fantastic, bringing the mysteries and wonder of space to life. Pitched at just above the average high school teachers level, there’s enough to intrigue without overwhelming. I listened to it 4x in a row, everyday on my commute.
Thoroughly enjoyable!

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Beautiful intelligent lady

A good book to listen or read to explain the universe breaking it down into understandable chunks

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Fantastic

Came across the author by accident via a tweet as we were stuck in the same christmas traffic jam. Book provides a very good introduction to space, time and all that other stuff you think you know about when actually you don't. Certainly made the long work journeys alot more enjoyable than Radio X!!!

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To quench, or to burp...

...that is the question. This book is just right type of book if you have just started with astrophysics. it is just right type of book if you are just curious or if you just want to know more. In either case, just pick up this book or I will just pull your arm off. Just kidding, but still pick up this book.

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good overview and points

Dr Becky explains points well. If you like her Youtube channel you will like this.

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A brilliant communicator.

A great piece of writing on a fascinating subject. Easy to understand without being patronising.

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Doc Becky rocks!

Science explained in a way that those of us that don't have a degree can understand.

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  • Scott Miller
  • 18-11-19

Excellent accessible overview of astronomy

I came across this book from following the author’s YouTube channel. Similar to those videos, Dr Smethurst’s passion for astronomy makes this book highly engaging and informative. I also enjoy that she frequently goes beyond a simple recitation of a scientific principle by showing how the individual observations leading to that principle were first discovered and subsequently integrated into a cohesive theory.
The book is very accessible to a general population audience.
It is not an exhaustive, comprehensive take on the topic like a textbook might be, but instead focused on a few important ideas such as dark matter, or the relationship between super massive black holes and galaxies.
Each chapter covers a different idea. Concepts are explained in an understandable way with relatable metaphors/examples that help explain the underlying idea.
My only criticism is that I wish it were longer — it is engaging enough that I found myself wanting to learn more about the topic being discussed in each chapter, or to have more chapters/concepts to learn about; e.g. the hypothesized planet 9 or dark energy. Perhaps there will be a sequel.

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  • Tracy R. Reed
  • 03-10-19

I love Dr Becky!

I've been a subscriber to her YouTube channel for ages. Probably since very near the beginning. And I have always enjoyed her excellent explanations of astronomy and hearing her take on current astronomical events and discoveries. This book feels like a continuation of that excellent work.

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  • James
  • 06-09-19

Entertaining Introduction to Space Science

This may not be as deep or as detailed as some would like but it's a good introduction to the subject matter. This is Dr. Smethurst's first performance for an audiobook and she sometimes went a bit too fast. I do have one major issue with her facts. I think we no longer credit Franklin for "discovering" electricity..

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  • Matthew Cardenas
  • 05-09-19

Wonderful and Informative!

Dr. Becky has an amazing way of communicating her passion. This book is a great way to introduce yourself AND others into the life of Astronomy. By tackling the most common questions asked about the cosmos, Dr. Becky illustrates the scales of space with intuitive visualizations; such as the viewing a patch of space the size of a thumbnail at arms length, the distances between stars systems, probability of other intelligent life in the cosmos and much more! Her explanations are very easy to comprehend which is most helpful into getting your head around the immense scales the universe. She details the ideas that physicists came up with to solve some of the most daunting tasks of the enigmas of space and presents the ones still unsolved. This book is enthralling and direct in giving you what you need to know without encumbering you with intellectual premise and can easily be read in a day! There is no excuse not to have this in your collection!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-21

Easy and interesting listen

It was great to hear Becky read this herself. The content was very approachable and easy to digest, like listening to a story. I just wish it was a bit longer!

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  • Kmyers
  • 30-11-20

Loved it

made things so interesting, it made me want to do more research on some of it.

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  • Olmazroo3y
  • 20-07-20

very useful stright to the point book

I loved how the book puts the subject into 10 chapter that were easy to understand and digest.

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  • Patricia Fontana
  • 21-04-20

such a nice young lady

I watch Ms. Smethurst 's you tube channel and enjoy her explanations of to me very difficult maths. I appreciate this young ladies enthusiasm and how she makes the effort to simplify a hard subject.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-20

Most Excellent!

Written and spoken in a way of person would normally talk making this topic easy to understand. Easy on the ears as well as easy on the eyes she knows her subject well as one who holds a doctorate should. 1000 thanks to you Doctor Becky.

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  • Justin DeDario
  • 07-03-20

A great, easy and informative read!

Dr. Becky is just as entertaining here as in her videos! Amazing book and can't wait to read more from her in the future.