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The Universe in Your Hand

A Journey Through Space, Time and Beyond
Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Astronomy
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Summary

Imagine if The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy were a real, practical book about the mysteries of the universe....

The Universe in Your Hand takes us on a wonder-filled journey to the surface of our dying sun, shrinks us to the size of an atom and puts us in the deathly grip of distant black holes. Along the way you might come to understand, really understand, the mind-bending science that underpins modern life, from quantum mechanics to Einstein's theory of general relativity.

Through brilliant storytelling and humour rather than graphs and equations, internationally renowned astrophysicist Christophe Galfard has written an instant classic that brings the astonishing beauty of the universe to life - and takes us deep into questions about the beginning of time and the future of humanity.

©2019 Christophe Galfard (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Very good introduction to the subject

An idiosyncratic approach to a complex subject that can sometimes be off putting. However if you can get past this it is an excellent listen for those with no or little understanding of the subject. It will also help those who are averse to complex mathematical proofs- there aren’t any. Recommend as a good entry to the subject.

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Amazing

Amazing book which can satisfy the people who know enough but not enough. Brilliant book

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excellent read

brilliant insight into physics and our universe as we know it whilst not making it too hard to grasp

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Fascinating and accessible cosmology

This was a great listen.Complex science is made accessible and clear.The narration was perfect too.

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  • Lloyd
  • 19-09-19

Not for the faint hearted.

The author promises to carry the listener through, what to most, is rather complex. In my case he virtually delivers. I know that I will have to listen to the book again to give him the opportunity to completely fulfil his promise. That, will be a pleasure.