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The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond

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"If Ms. Frizzle were a physics student of Stephen Hawking, she might have written THE UNIVERSE IN YOUR HAND, a wild tour through the reaches of time and space, from the interior of a proton to the Big Bang to the rough suburbs of a black hole. It's friendly, excitable, erudite, and cosmic."
—Jordan Ellenberg, New York Times besteselling author of How Not To Be Wrong

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Published April 19th 2016 by Flatiron Books (first published June 3rd 2015)
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Michael Carradice The Grand Design, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinov. Much more accessible than the former book Stephen Hawking, A History of Time. The hand of…moreThe Grand Design, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinov. Much more accessible than the former book Stephen Hawking, A History of Time. The hand of Mlodinov can be seen in the introduction of lighter paragraphs to give the reader a break, the way Asimov used to do. Also Mlodinov got to know Feynman (whose work is mentioned extensively in the book) personally when he was a post-doc researcher at Caltech. In this line is worth checking his book Feynman's Rainbow, which is more about the researchers themselves and turning points in life.

Also, you have classics like Paul Davies's The Runaway Universe or Carl Sagan's Cosmos.

If you are interested in the quantum theory, in particular, a good book to check is Jim al-Jalili's Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed.

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Max
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physics
Popular science books about physics seem to fall into three types. Some are dense digging directly into the hard science. While they have much to offer, they can be frustratingly difficult. Some are lightweight resorting to extended analogies and oversimplifications. They can create the illusion of understanding rather than genuine understanding. Others try for the middle ground. Too often these alternate between oversimplifications and detailed science resulting in a disjointed narrative.

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Anna
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ένα εκπληκτικό βιβλίο εκλαϊκευμένης φυσικής που θα το πρότεινα ανεπιφύλακτα ως δώρο για όποιον έφηβο γνωρίζετε που θα του άρεσε να ασχοληθεί με τη Φυσική!

Ιδανικό επίσης για όσους θέλουν να μάθουν πέντε απλά πράγματα για τη σύγχρονη Φυσική!
Abigail
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Czytałam tę książkę powoli, po rozdziale raz na jakiś czas, nie pochłonęłam jej całej za jednym zamachem i przez to: a) nawet nie spostrzegłam się kiedy ją skończyłam i b) zapomniałam dodać jej do aktualnie czytanych na Goodreads.

Jestem totalnym laikiem jeżeli chodzi o fizykę, kosmos i tego typu sprawy, więc kiedy usłyszałam o "Wszechświat w twojej dłoni" wiedziałam, że to będzie książka dla mnie.

I faktycznie: jak bardzo nie lubiłabym fizyki to jednak książka Galfarda otworzyła mi oczy na niektó
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Javier Santaolalla
"No estás solo en el universo. Y no estás solo en este viaje por el universo. Estás tumbado mirando el cielo en una playa cuando alguien te coge la mano. Te guía en una odisea alucinante hasta los agujeros negros, las galaxias más lejanas y el inicio mismo del cosmos ..."
Es parte de la descripción de libro que aparece en la contraportada y la copio tal cual porque es muy descriptiva y fiel de lo que ocurre dentro de él.
Allí te vas a encontrar un viaje por la física, con mucha narrativa y un leng
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P42
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
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RECENZJA FILMOWA - https://youtu.be/pzB1yKDT04Q

Najważniejsza rzecz - jest to książka o tzw. fizyce współczesnej, dodatkowo uzupełniona o najnowszą wiedzę.
Żeby nie było, że nie ostrzegałem :D

+ lekko fabularny wątek nadaje książce wyjątkowego uroku
+ humor narratora
+ przez większość lektury książka jest bardzo przystępna dla osób niezaznajomionych, ale ciekawych fizyki
+ tylko jeden wzór w całej książce :D
+ ale to napewno nie jest łatwa książka ;)
- powtarzanie rzeczy wcześniej opowiedzianych i zap
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Carlos
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this book kicked ass... It was so good, it is a perfect marriage between perfect narrative and interesting context while at the same time not letting anything out . If you are interested in physics, black holes, string theory and quantum science but feel intimidated to read about it, make this your introductory book because it will explain everything in layman terms and you'll have fun learning all the components that make up our known universe while getting a glimpse at our future in scienc ...more
Alexander Páez
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ensayo
Probablemente el mejor ensayo divulgativo sobre cositas cósmicas que he leído hasta ahora. A veces redunda en las analogías dummies (los granos de arena de una playa, etc), pero consigue que muchos conceptos complicadísimos sean entendibles a través de un texto. Quiero decir, habla de muchísimas cosas que se explican mejor con imágenes, vídeos e incluso fórmulas. Galfard lo consigue con palabras. SI os interesa el tema y queréis ese sentido de la maravilla estallando en vuestra cabeza, ultra rec ...more
Roxana
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has overwhelmed me so much! Such a brilliant description of modern astrophysics in a relatively accessible way. I can only say that I loved it and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in astronomy and astrophysics. 5/5.
Annina
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, studying
Was für ein Buch. Obwohl ich eine absolute Astrophysik-Laiin bin, verstand ich doch ein paar Abschnitte. Vieles ist zwar für mich immer noch absolut unvorstellbar, aber das liegt wohl mehr an mir als am Autor. Trotzdem war es faszinierend durch das Universum zu reisen. Ich werde es wohl noch kaufen, damit ich immer wieder mal ein Kapitel nachlesen kann. Empfehlenswert!
Vishy
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my alltime favourite books on physics for the general reader. Written by Christophe Galfard, who was at one time Stephen Hawking's student, it covers in wonderfully accessible prose all the important events, theories, personalities and gives us a glimpse into what is in store for the future - stuff like Relativity, Quantum mechanics, Black Holes, Origin of the Universe, the birth and death of stars, the Big Bang Theory etc. Galfard's wonderful sense of humour is infectious - I couldn't st ...more
Loretańska
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Comenzamos a comprender que no debíamos buscar el pasado sólo bajo nuestros pies, sino también en las estrellas."
Thuong Le
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, non-fiction
If you’re like me and you are really fascinated by the universe and how it was created (The Big Bang Theory), then you’re going to want to pick this one up! I was browsing in Waterstones, (like I usually do) checking out the new releases when I saw this book, picked it up and thought, ‘I need to read this!’ I’ve had an interest in astronomy ever since I studied a small module of it in Science, but my knowledge of it has not progressed since then, so this book was the perfect opportunity for me t ...more
Laura
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ensayos, favoritos
He hecho un viaje al mismísimo universo. He visto de cerca los planetas, las estrellas, las galaxias... y he ido tan lejos que me he tropezado con un muro. Un muro que delimita nuestro universo visible. Un universo finito. He conseguido viajar un poco más allá de él, hasta el nacimiento del espacio-tiempo. Me he encontrado con partículas con propiedades misteriosas, como la de estar en muchos sitios a la vez al mismo tiempo. Me he encogido para poder entrar en una de esas partículas y poder cono ...more
Miquel Reina
I read this book without any expectations and quickly I realized that this, was an amazing book with an amazing adventure. The book mixes a novelistic structure with a learning style and I loved this combination. I think that the idea of explaining hard and abstract concepts from physics and astronomy using a narrative thread that connects and guides the reader in a kind of journey is perfect. I highly recommend this book to all astronomy and physics fans who want to enjoy a space adventure.

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Ania
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trudno jest oceniać książkę popularnonaukową, która napisana jest trochę jak powieść, trochę jak wykład dla uczniów liceum i trochę jak faktyczna pozycja popularnonaukowa. Olbrzymim plusem dla większości "człowieków" będzie to, że jest w niej tylko jeden (!!!) wzór. Wzór, który zna każdy z nas, więc nie ma problemu. Ale. Jak dla mnie momentami było zbyt chaotycznie (najbardziej chyba przy teorii kwantowej grawitacji i pól kwantowych) i mały robot w kształcie maszyny do wyrzucania tenisowych piłe ...more
Philippe Malzieu
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Galfard work with Stépane Hawking. Another astrophysician book? What's news? I was not very interested in reading this book. A friend offered it to me in french edition and I must recognize I had pleasure to read it.It is well written and in fact exciting.
Rémi Brague remarked that cosmos etymologically came from beauty, women and jewel. In latin, mundus design cosmos and also female jewelry.
Cosmos, beauty, women. I like this association.
Mcruz
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me costó un poco meterme en el juego mental que propone el libro, pero una vez dentro lo he disfrutado de lo lindo. Es un texto asequible que no deja nada fuera del índice, desde Newton a la teoría de cuerdas. Una buena opción para aquellos que quieran una visión actualizada y divulgativa de las últimas teorías astronómicas.
Nanou
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
bon j'ai fais mieux que le bouquin d'Hawking, lu en 2 ans à cause d'une grande pause au milieu... ici 4 mois, ça va ^^ mais j'ai fait ma pause à peu près dans les mêmes thématiques : l'infiniment petit et les particules. j'arrive moins à me les représenter que l'infiniment grand, donnez moi des galaxies, des trous noirs, des étoiles... ok, mais alors les protons, gluons, quarks et autres particules quantiques... hm comment dire xD

sinon, la forme de ce livre est très agréable à lire. on part d'un
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Laura
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He tardado dos años -¡dos años!- en leérmelo, pero ha merecido la pena. Para mi gusto, empezó más fuerte y ha acabado decayendo; eso no quiere decir que no sea interesante. Al principio trata más el universo en las grandes distancias (¿sabíais que si hacéis una llamada de teléfono a alguien que se encuentre un poco más lejos de Plutón recibiríais una respuesta al cabo de 8 años?) y, conforme avanza, se va adentrando en la física cuántica y lo minúsculo, algo que mi mente no termina de asimilar a ...more
Kinga Jaros
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Gdy dotykasz swojej, albo czyjejś skóry, dotykasz gwiezdnego pyłu."
Peter Mcloughlin
The author was doing something with words and letters but wasn't exactly writing
Gözde Türker
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adıyla da vadettiği gibi evreni avuçlarınıza bırakıyor; gözlerinizin önüne seriyor ve en uzak köşelerini, görülmeyen en küçük parçalarını keşfetmenize fırsat tanıyor.

Kitabın yazarı Christophe Galfard Stephen Hawking'in öğrencisiymiş. Başlarken hiçbir okuyucuyu geri bırakmamayı hedeflediğini söyleyen yazar, belki de çoğumuz için kafa karıştırıcı olan fizikle ilgili pekçok bilgiyi okuyucusuna ilgi çekici bir şekilde aktarmayı ustalıkla başarmış. Evrenle ilgili şeylere büyük hayranlık duyan, buna
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Melissa
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My husband enjoys science books and when starts talking about all this intelligent stuff my brain is asleep. Finally a book that makes learning about scientific topics like the universe and time easier to understand and fun at the same time! Even better it's actually for adults! Now I am flaunting my new knowledge at home and once or twice I even got to tell him something he hasn't read about yet! I love this book and hopefully my excited rambling is a good enough review to make you read this aw ...more
Ivana
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mind-bending, fascinating, inspiring, and awe-striking. I'll be thinking about what I've read for weeks. What an amazing universe we live in, and how vastly unknown it is. With new discoveries looming just over the horizon, I can't wait (or imagine) the things we'll come to understand; for understanding our universe ultimately means understanding ourselves and how we came to be.
A fantastic read. Simply fantastic.
Brianna Silva
I don't even know how to express my love for this book.

It explains complex scientific concepts in accessible, easy-to-understand terms, by inviting the reader on a narrative journey where they are the protagonist, discovering the wonders of the universe firsthand.

For me, this book awoke a somewhat-dormant love for science that I've had since I was a kid. I feel like my eyes have been opened to a whole new world, and I am in love.

I went from being almost 100% ignorant about physics and space, to
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KnigasBooks
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Christophe Galfard zabiera nas w niesamowitą podróż przez uniwersum wiedzy o mikro i makrokosmosie. Ukazuje nam piękno fizyku współczesnej i przedstawia skomplikowane teorie w zabawny i niemal prosty sposób.
Książka promowana jest jako pozycja dla każdego, sama jednak mam co do tego wątpliwości. W niektórych momentach wydaje się być banalnie prosta w innych jest zupełnie odwrotnie. Jestem po studiach technicznych, więc przyswojenie sporej części informacji przyszło mi naturalnie. Obawiam się jedn
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Dimitris
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ρε Galfard σατανά, μπράβο! Θα σου έσφιγγα το χέρι αλλά να, μου έδωσες ολόκληρο Σύμπαν στα χέρια μου. Τρομερό βιβλίο εκλαϊκευμένης επιστήμης! Και ακόμα πιο τρομερό το γράψιμο! Ειδικά η όλη ιδέα να γραφτεί το βιβλίο σε μορφή Gedanken (νοητικού) πειράματος. Έξοχη σύλληψη κύριε Galfard! Αν σε είχα και στο Λύκειο θα είχα επιλέξει άλλο τομέα σπουδών...
Jean-Baptiste
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
D'abord décontenancé, voire agacé, par un ton ultra sympathique et bon enfant (je n'aime pas le fun), j'ai bien dû reconnaître que le livre accomplissait correctement sa mission : expliquer très simplement les découvertes en sciences physiques (de la Relativité à la Théorie des Cordes) pour le grand public. Je suis donc reconnaissant, malgré le fun, pour certaines parties très limpides, même si l’abondance d'effets rigolos pour rassurer le lecteur provoque une part de frustration, quand on voudr ...more
Jennifer
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Så himla intressant!! Dock tycker jag vissa delar av boken kändes lite barnslig och jag saknade även grafer och formler och mer djupdykande förklaringar till vissa begrepp. Men tycker absolut att man ska läsa denna om man är intresserad av universum!
Lydia
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is seriously in the running for best non-fiction book I've ever read!
Anyone who knows me knows I love space. I love looking at stars, planets, nebluae, galaxies and everything else out there. The problem, up until this point, has been that I've never properly understood what any of it is. This book changed all that.
It explains everything so clearly. It assumes no knowledge of science at all (thank goodness!) and starts completely from scratch. Over 400 pages you then cover general relativit
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Christophe Galfard is a French physicist and author with a PhD. in theoretical physics from Cambridge University. He is co-author with Stephen Hawking and his daughter on their first YA book, George's Secret Key to the Universe. In the past few years, he has given talks, and written a live show, about our universe attended by more than 130,000 people, of all ages and educational backgrounds.
“When left alone, quantum particles behave as multiple images of themselves (as waves, really), simultaneously moving through all possible paths in space and time. Now, again, why do we not experience this multitude around ourselves? Is it because we are probing things around us all the time? Why do all experiments that involve, say, the position of a particle make the particle suddenly be somewhere rather than everywhere? No one knows. Before you probe it, a particle is a wave of possibilities. After you've probed it, it is somewhere, and subsequently it is somewhere for ever, rather than everywhere again. Strange, that. Nothing, within the laws of quantum physics, allows for such a collapse to happen. It is an experimental mystery and a theoretical one. Quantum physics stipulates that whenever something is there, it can transform into something else, of course, but it cannot disappear. And since quantum physics allows for multiple possibilities simultaneously, these possibilities should then keep existing, even after a measurement is made. But they don't. Every possibility but one vanishes. We do not see any of the others around us. We live in a classical world, where everything is based on quantum laws but nothing resembles the quantum world.” 9 likes
“Our image is here and will for ever stay,
and there is comfort in knowing that the memory of our lives will always be there,
traveling among the stars.”
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