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Don't Know Much about the Universe: Everything You Need to Know about Outer Space But Never Learned (Don't Know Much About)

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From the ancients who charted the stars, to Jules Verne and Flash Gordon, to The X-Files, Apollo 13, and Armageddon, people around the world have long been intrigued with the heavens and outer space. DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE UNIVERSE, the fifth title in this bestselling series, uses the now-familiar and popular question-and-answe
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 27th 2004 by Turtleback Books (first published January 2nd 2001)
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Jenn
Feb 20, 2011 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt a bit like I was back in high school listening to a lecture that would "prepare" me for a basic course on astronomy in college. It starts off with a brief introduction to the history of astronomers and their accomplishments which builds and builds until we get to present day NASA. It was interesting but not as in depth on actual facts on the universe as I would've liked. They did touch on black holes and dark matter and fractured starlight but I wanted a more in depth look at those things ...more
Kurt Marquart
I've never looked at the printed version, so I'm sure the "Voices from the Universe" sections don't seem as redundant as much as recaps that read as if I wasn't paying attention to what I just read (heard). Facts are spewed willy-nilly, and it can be a bit overwhelming listening to (or reading) the lists that go on and on—dates, names, figures—they get a little boring. A few random facts stood out to me, and I hope to retain enough before I listen again.
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Nathan
Sep 23, 2007 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't know much.
As with most of the books in Kenneth C. Davis' Don't Know Much series, Don't Know Much About the Universe lays out all the things we may not have learned in school, may have forgotten, may have changed since we were kids or just didn't make it into the curriculum. It's an excellent series, and this edition, that outlines everything from the discovery of the first planet to modern developments in quantum mechanics, lives up to the legacy of Davis' previous work. A witty, easy-to-read book that ca ...more
Holly
Jul 06, 2012 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good informative read. Lots of great info you might not have known before. The author is fairly entertaining when presenting dry info except for the history of the space race which wasn't terribly long. That was the only part I felt he could have done better with. I am looking forward to tackling another of his books soon!
Carolyn
Sep 07, 2010 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This series is the local equivalent of the 'Dummies' books, but I do like his style. If you must read predigested history, at least make sure it tastes good! I especially enjoyed the sections about the medieval astronomers, particularly Descartes and Tycho Brahe.
Michael
Jun 09, 2007 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, quick overview of the topic. He is neither as in-depth as Timothy Ferris in Coming of Age in the Milky Way and The Red Shift, nor as glib as any number of quickie guides to the history of cosmology. He is just right. And that says a lot.
Lara Eakins
May 14, 2011 Lara Eakins rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
It was a little outdated (published early 2001, I think), but other than that, not bad. I did catch some mistakes here and there, and not just of the "know we know more" variety, but not really enough for me to tell anyone not to bother.
Gina
Sep 23, 2011 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really accessible, amusing book for people who want to know more about the cosmos but do not have a strong backing in physics. I like Davis's simple way of treating complex subjects.
Scott Holden
Sep 17, 2012 Scott Holden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed it, but it is already dated material. They should do an updated version like they did with DKMA history.
Maddy
For some reason, the question & answer format really, really didn't work for me, and I just gave up on it.
Peter Clay
Mar 03, 2013 Peter Clay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Davis compilation, and he strays from the cool stuff from time to time, but there so much information in here that at least you don't feel like you're drowning in it!
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you can read my thoughts here.
Jason
Aug 19, 2008 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
eh, i liked it enough but soon tired of the format. I am very interested in this topic and took away some good stuff but overall it has not kept me coming back like Colours or Code...
Martha
Apr 28, 2016 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
A very good nuts-and-bolts review of knowledge about the universe to the date of publishing, put in an enjoyable narrative.
Patrick Young
Very well written....main reason for lower rating is the enormous advances in astronomy over the past 15 years makes this book feel very, very dated
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Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of the Don't Know Much About series of books and audios for adults and children. The first title in the series, Don't Know Much About History became a New York Times bestseller in 1991 and remained on the paperback list for 35 consecutive weeks. It has since been revised several times and now has more than 1.6 million copies in print.

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