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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,834 ratings  ·  68 reviews
ما إن قيض لهذا الكتاب الظهور حتى بات من أكثر كتب السنة إثارة للجدل والمحاجة والتفنيد، فهو يروي قصة فكرة مثيرة تتنكب المألوف، أطلقها فيزيائي شاب لا مع، قد تزيح أينشتاين عن عرش ملكه، وتغير -جذرياً وإلى الأبد- أسلوب نظرتنا إلى الكون.

حسبك أن تنطق بكلمة "ضوء" في سياق فيزيائي، ليردد الناس معظم المبدأ الراسخ: أن لا شيء أبداً أسرع من سرعة الضوء. وهذا حق، فما من شيء أسرع منها البتة
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Paperback, 325 pages
Published by شركة الحوار الثقافي (first published 2002)
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Manuel Antão
Aug 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.



"Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation" by João Magueijo



"Lee [Smolin] and I discussed these paradoxes at great length for many months, starting in January 2001. We would meet in cafés in South Kensington or Holland Park to mull over the problem. THE ROOT OF ALL THE EVIL WAS CLEARLY SPECIAL RELATIVITY. All these paradoxes resulted from well-known effects such as length contraction, time dilation, or E=mc²
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Mike
Sep 18, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know about Joao's idea VSL (variable Speed of Light) look elsewhere. If you want to know how bad Joao hates scientific administrators and editors, this is the book for you. ...more
Phiann
Jul 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the worst book I have ever read. Actually, I could not even finish it and I was trying really hard because I had promised a friend I would read it. (Sorry, DC...)

The style in which this book is written makes me angry. What the author wants you to think when you buy or lend this book is that he is going to tell you about things in physics that he thinks marvelous. What the author really is telling you is how great he is, what a wonderful person, what a good physicist. And you... a reader.
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Rama
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal & Spiritual Journey of a Cosmologist in the Discovery of VSL Theory

This is a fascinating story of a young cosmologist who dared to challenge Einstein's most sacred laws of physics; the speed of light in vacuum is a universal constant. In human experience; space and time are perceived as universally rigid, but Einstein proposed that space & time; space-time could expand or contract but speed of light remains unchanged. On occasions many physicists have wondered, and debated that Varying
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Ana Marques
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not an easy book, but extremely interesting. How a portuguese scientist questions one of the biggest names in science, if not the biggest!
One of the best books in the subject and very well recognized by the scientific community.
Hsiao Fhong Tan
Jul 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could not finish the book, it was horrible reading.

Most of the pages are filled with grumbling about life, college, how silly other scientists were and "tons of paperwork".

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William Schram
Jul 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics, dropped, science
The speed of light in a vacuum is supposed to be constant in all time frames. That is the basis of the theory of relativity. Joao Magueijo is a theoretical physicist that supports the Variable Speed of Light (VSL) theory in this book. While the book is not about the theory itself, he does talk a lot about various aspects of cosmology to provide some background.

So if the book is not about the theory itself, then what is it about? Faster Than the Speed of Light focuses on the bias of scientists an
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Gerardo Suarez
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly divulgative doesn't really get into the physics even for a divulgation book, however this book is the thing that got me into physics, I don't actually like the theory anymore but it holds a special place in my heart since it's the thing that made me go from engineering to physics ...more
Yomna Suwaydan
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
To Be Reread.
W.M. Wiltshire
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Used for research for my NEXT TIME triology
Tommy Sananton
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting for the fresh physics presented and for the approach to bureaucracy around science and scientists.
Darcie Osborne
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fascinating (and funny) exploration into a challenge of Einstein's cosmological constant. ...more
Helen
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so this book was extremely challenging, and, thus, I am extremely proud of myself for making it through the whole thing. The physics in this book was definitely difficult to comprehend fully. Going in, I hoped that because I am a generally science-minded person and took physics in college, it wouldn't be too bad. I'm sure if the subject matter had overlapped, that would have helped. However, this is definitely not general physics. It's not motion and forces and the arc of a thrown baseball. ...more
Malcolm
Jan 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science buffs, Sci Fi buffs, Physics buffs
I love reading about advances in theoretical physics but it has to be a book by someone who can interpret this difficult and sometimes arcane subject for the layman. Joao Magueijo is such an author and he combines his training and research with great skill writing in a layman friendly way, and even combines a fair bit of insider stuff and humour about the world of theoretical physics.

In particular, he gives a nice overview of the problems and discoveries in theoretical physics from Newton unt
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Debbi Mack
Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
I was inspired to read FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT after seeing a special on the Science Channel in which Joao Magueijo explained his theory about the speed of light not being constant. He developed the theory that light may have moved faster when the universe was created than it does now, as a way of explaining certain paradoxes about the "Big Bang" theory that have confounded cosmologists (scientists who study the origins of the universe--not to be confused with cosmetologists) for decades. ...more
Vladimir
I'm not an expert on the subject but as an engineer I understand physics and mathematics behind it in general. I opted for engineering studies instead of physics which was my first choice because I had a feeling that physics seemed to be spinning in circles rather than progressing. It appeared to me as overwhelmed by an infatuation for following the lead of "beauty" in the equations which are supposed to be a tool. Also it does not relate to real world problems nowadays as much as it used to. I ...more
Alana
Mar 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is Magueijo's telling of how he dared to challenge Einstein on the constancy of the speed of light and confront physics by introducing a new Varying Speed of Light (VSL) theory. This is like breaking one of the ten commandments of physics, and his perseverance in the name of science is admirable. The background and details of the theory aren't too mathy and are conveyed in a manner that makes them accessible to the average reader, I'd say (though, I do have a background in physics, so perha ...more
Alex Shrugged
This is a book about challenging the scientific establishment and kicking them right in the backside, several times, to get them to do their jobs. Meanwhile we get to learn about science, the current thinking and alternatives to that thinking. It is written in reasonably understandable English. The author is Portuguese, and he needed a little help but I suspect not a whole lot. I've seen him on TV. He can handle himself.

Any problems? He tends to kick the establishment in the shorts a little more
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Lori
Jul 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mainly an insider’s account of the politics of academia, this book describes the author’s struggle to develop and publish his varying speed of light theory (VSL) that, if correct, may explain two paradoxes that arise from the Big Bang theory, the “horizon” and “flatness” problems. The first half of the book provides an excellent foundational discussion of relativity, but second half fails to address VSL in any detailed way and instead deteriorates into an expletive-laced rant about the bureaucra ...more
Randy
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in the small library where I'm staying. Someone wrote inside the front cover:



TRY READING THIS

book.


I did and I'm not sorry.


I'm on page 65. So far there are some good explanations of Einstein's special and general relativity that I haven't seen elsewhere, and I've probably read a lot more physics books than the average non-physicist.

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Not a bad book, but it wasn't what I expected when I picked it up. Magueijo does write about his theories, but he also gives extens
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Adam
Jun 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Theoretical physics buffs...
Shelves: science
A nice mixture of the history of cosmology, current developments, the process of science, and the author's personal life.

The first half of the book provides a nice, easy to follow overview of the theory of relativity, filled with cows moving at near the speed of light. Simple enough for the non-physics oriented to follow, without losing the essential details.

The second half outlines the development of the varying speed of light theory, focusing as much on the people involved as on the science. I
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Rico Cordova
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 5-star
Faster Than the Speed of Light

A friend gave this to me as a birthday gift when I was in college. I had no idea what a great trip I was in for. He was a very entertaining story teller. This book surrounds his research into a train of thought that modifies the fundamental constructs of physics.

Although the concepts were advanced the author did a great job at keeping it simple enough for the average reader. A fantastic find!

Did I enjoy it? Yes!

Would I recommend it? Yes!
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Laurie Perez
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten years since this book literally fell into my hands, I continue to recommend and treasure it. Every now and then, I pick it up, open to a random page and enter the maze of inspirations Magueijo’s wit and wisdom drive me to explore. I’ve yet to find a science-focused book this entertaining, this enlivening to my own creativity. Read it to understand things you thought you already had the gist of — read it to go behind the curtain where “sweaty” thinking is both inanely tormented and lovingly p ...more
Brady
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-longer-owned
I know that some reviews said this was more about him bitching about the establishment than about physics.....and it's sort of true.

At the same time, however, I found the entire thing engaging from start to finish (only took me 3 days). I found his raving to be humorous, and not in a "I'm laughing at him" way.

All that being said, I'm happy to say that I've learned more of modern physics from this book than I have in the past 2 books I've read combined. I just wish he was more of a string theory
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Mila
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author was brutally honest and witty and it's not just about scientific equations and physical laws (well, it is...) but when you close the book, it's as if you have witnessed a journey of the lives of people trying to find other answers and searching for new "truths" and "answers" to mysteries that has always puzzled the human mind. While half of the world thinks about the end of it, half of it, stays up late, argue a lot and get laughed at for finding new answers to cosmological problems. ...more
Gary
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cool book. The first half is about relativity and Big Bang cosmology. The "faster than the speed of light" of the title refers to a possible alternative to Alan Guth's "inflationary universe" called VSL (Varying Speed of Light).

The second part of the book is about the author's development of VSL cosmology. And this is where it gets really good. The author does not suffer fools gladly. He is very sarcastic and very funny while explaining how physics is done in"the real world" as opposed
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Philip Athans
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Faster Than the Speed of Light is a fascinating account from the cutting edge of theoretical physics and cosmology that's interesting for the scientific inquiry but more so as a memoir of one physicist's war with the scientific and academic establishment. Joao Magueijo pulls no punches and can occasionally come off as bitter, even bitchy, but his sesne of humor and sense of wonder and excitement for his field shines through that to create an emminently readable book. ...more
Samuel
A fascinating book about an alternate theory for the creation of the universe. Joao vividly presents this alternate theory in a very readable non-twenty syllable word way. If that makes sense. You don't have to be an astrophysicist to understand and enjoy this book.

This is the kind of non-fiction I love.
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Bria
Sep 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just read another book about a fringe physics theory that undermines a lot of dearly held belief, and so when personal anecdotes started to appear in this one, I bristled. But then it turned out that this book is not, in fact, about VSL theory so much as it is about the trials and tribulations of being a scientist when science is part of an establishment made up of humans.
Peter
Magueijo is a pretty competent science writer, but his manner can get so crass. "Kaufmanian" is the adjective that comes to mind. I liked the book, but I don't know why God needs to pee his pants from laughter, or why superstrings have to be pubes. In honor of JD Salinger being dead I think it's worth comparing the author to Holden Caulfield. ...more
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João Magueijo is a Portuguese cosmologist and professor in Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London. He is a pioneer of the varying speed of light (VSL) theory.

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