The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)
You're going to die. The Earth will, one day, be toast. So too, our Sun will eventually shine its last. But what's next?
The End of Everything is a unique exploration of the destruction of the cosmos. Drawing on cutting edge technology and theory, as well as hot-off-the-presses results from the most powerful telescopes and particle colliders, astrophysicist Katie Mack descr...more
It’s not that it can’t be true, but that if it is, nothing makes sense, and we might as well give up on trying to understand the universe at all.
Why is the universe the way it is? seems to be the core question Katie Mack takes on in The End of Everything, besides the interest in how the universe will further develop and end ...more
I don’t tend to read a lot of popular astronomy books, because they either tell me things I already knew, or explain things in a way that’s clumsily stuck between plain English and scientific terminology but doing justice to neither. None of this is the case here though. I learned so many new things, plus was presented with insightful explanations of ideas I already u ...more
“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” ~Frank Herbert
People used to think that ours is a static universe, unchanging and eternal. That there was no "once upon a time" or a Big Bang. It just was and is and always will be.
We now know, however, that there was a beginning (and we also know that our universe is expanding). From the densest singularity, our universe grew into everything we know -- from the tiniest quarks and leptons to the vastest of galaxy clusters. ...more
Cosmology is a difficult astronomy field – not that the others are much easier for a layman – but a very compelling one. Everything related to the origins or the end of the universe has a strong attraction to me.
That’s the main reason for choosing this book and the fact that I heard/read some of AstroKatie’s talks/tweets and I ...more
Then buckle up, friendo, because this is the book for you.
Katie Mack is world-renowned in some circles, which is to say, the best circles, for her Twitter account, where she is hilarious, sensitive, and able to explain the most complicated physics concepts not just so that even the layest of laypeople can understand them, but so that those same people can have a good laugh, too. The End of Everything is all that and more.
I've got a big, big soft spot for eschatol ...more
"With all the science books out there, why choose Mack’s book? ... I have not read a more inviting scientist than Mack since Sagan. She has that manner of talking to an old friend. It encourages to reader to continue. She also has a sense of humor and probably ...more
I enjoyed this book. Katie Mack has a relaxed, casual writing style and the book felt more like a discussion over a cup of coffee. She shows a good sense of humor and the footnotes are definitely worth reading. Despite the complexity of the subject matter, Mack weaves a compelling tale about the future of the universe. Not a lot of jargon is used and the writing style is conversational. Mack weaves herself into the story making the book a type of journey. Normally, I don’t l ...more
(Just finished 2nd reading - ne ...more
Thank you to goodreads, the author, and publisher for my free copy of this book!
I'm finishing this book an hour before the year turns, from 2020 to 2021 (finally). And what a tumultuous year it has been. It is clear that history, all of human history, effects us deeply, no matter how far away. I'm talking about generational trauma. I'm talking ...more
As someone who has a layman's fascination with astrophysics/cosmology, I really enjoyed this one. The author presents some very complex ideas in a well-organized, easy to follow manner. Her style is conversational, with flashes of humor. The footnotes are a delight.
This is an excellent example science writing for a general audience, and the death of the universe is a fantastic subject.
1) The Big C ...more
In this book, Mack walks the reader through the latest thinking about the death of the universe. As a bonus, she also gives a very readable summary of the Big Bang, and a bit about quanta, dark energy, dark matter, how we measure distance and time on a cosmic scale, string theory, constants, black holes, and what cosmologists are on the lookout for now.
The options (for the end) a ...more
The author is both articulate and funny, which makes some of the more complex stuff understandable.
It is a fun book to read. ...more
As someone who has been voraciously reading and re-reading every popular science article regarding astronomy I could get my hands on since the mid-90s, this book was obviously going to be of interest to me. The study of cosmology has been probing the past, trying to figure out the mysteries of the big bang, and the evolution of the stars and galalaxies we see today. Over the last three decades scientists have figured o ...more
I am a total cosmology/theory of everything/quantum gravity fangirl.
And there were a lot of things to like about this journey through all the theories about how the universe will possibly end, most of which I'd read about in other books and articles.
The cutesy, pop-cultureish writing did annoy me at times even though it should appeal to younger readers (maybe, or those who follow her on Twitter) or those needing to be lightened up a little while reading gloomy prophecies of u ...more
What we rarely speak about though is how the universe will end. I think it's high time we did more theorizing and postulating on Doomsday scenarios (i.e how the universe will end). And this book does just that. I believe there aren't many books like this around. The subject is unfortunately ...more
A Brief History of Time for a new era. Mack communicates better than Hawking. A good review of the current (2020) state of astrophysics. She patiently takes the reader through current thinking of the end of the universe as seen by the contending schools.
“Even though we puny helpless humans have no chance of being able to affect (or effect) ...more
My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley ...more
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When we think of the universe as existing in spacetime—a kind of all-encompassing universal grid in which space is three axes and time is a fourth—we can just think of the past and the future as distant points on the same fabric, stretching across the cosmos from its infancy to its end. To someone sitting at a different point on this fabric, an event that is part of the future to us might be the distant past to them. And the light (or any information) from an event that we won’t see for millennia is already streaming across spacetime toward us “now.” Is that event in the future, or the past, or, perhaps, both? It all depends on perspective.”