We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

Prepare to learn everything we still don't know about our strange, mostly mysterious universe.PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson have teamed up to spelunk through the enormous gaps in our cosmological knowledge, armed with their popular infographics, cartoons, and unusually entertaining and lucid explanations of science.In We Have No Idea,...

Title:We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe
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ISBN:0735211515
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe Reviews

  • Charlene
    Apr 01, 2017

    Entertaining mix of text and toons. This is a great book for younger readers and those intrigued by physics but nervous or intimidated by the possibility of complicated explanations. There's no math here, but there are lots of interesting ideas--with good, vivid examples--and plenty of pop culture references and funny bits to stir up just about anyone's Sense of Wonder.

  • Travis Schwantje
    Apr 23, 2017

    Daniel and Jorge signed a pre release copy for me, and I'm a very excited to have read it! Very funny, as expected from the creators of PhD comics. Gives a great impression of the scope of our universe and just how much we don't understand. I recommend it for anyone to read!

  • Brandi
    Apr 30, 2017

    "We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe" by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson is one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. Well illustrated, engaging and interesting, the authors explore a variety of topics including time, dark matter, dark energy, gravity, dimensions, the universe, etc. My favorite section is #8 - "What is Time?" This book would be exceedingly interesting to anyone with an interest in science, especially scientific theories regarding the previously me

    "We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe" by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson is one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. Well illustrated, engaging and interesting, the authors explore a variety of topics including time, dark matter, dark energy, gravity, dimensions, the universe, etc. My favorite section is #8 - "What is Time?" This book would be exceedingly interesting to anyone with an interest in science, especially scientific theories regarding the previously mentioned topics. It would also make a great reference book for students taking science classes, especially high school and underclass level courses. In addition to educational, it is entertaining as well.

    I won my copy of this book from the Goodreads website and I appreciate the opportunity to read and review it.

  • Mac
    May 17, 2017

    If you are interested in the nature of the universe, then (assuming you are not already an astrophysicist)

    is a book for you. The authors pose 17 questions sandwiched between an introduction and a conclusion. They ask "What Is..." questions about space, time, dark matter, and dark energy. They ask how big is the universe and how many dimensions are there; they ask what happened during the big bang, and are we alone in the universe. It's all fascinating stuff, handled with clarity

    If you are interested in the nature of the universe, then (assuming you are not already an astrophysicist)

    is a book for you. The authors pose 17 questions sandwiched between an introduction and a conclusion. They ask "What Is..." questions about space, time, dark matter, and dark energy. They ask how big is the universe and how many dimensions are there; they ask what happened during the big bang, and are we alone in the universe. It's all fascinating stuff, handled with clarity, humor, and multiple illustrations, as well as numerous analogies and examples.

    Throughout it all, in tackling their questions, the authors stick to a consistent answer, "We have no idea." Despite mankind's marvelous scientific achievements, there is so much we don't know, so many questions we can barely answer. And throughout it all, the authors balance pessimism (we don't know much) with optimism (there's an opportunity to learn much more). The authors' stance is reasonable, balanced, and persuasive.

    One quibble. I wonder if

    would be clear to a newcomer on this topic. The discussion sometimes requires prior familiarity with the questions, and the illustrations often lean toward entertainment rather than clarification. And there are vague references to unexplained relevant ideas, for instance, "Schrodinger's cat" and "Turtles all the way down."

    And one caution. The humor here may be off-putting to some. The puns, lame jokes, and frivolous asides may annoy rather than entertain. For example, there are 129 footnotes that are mostly silly rather than informative. For some, the humor could be a pleasant light touch, leavening a challenging subject; for others the asides will be distractions.

    So if this subject interests you...if you have a little prior knowledge...and if you have a well tuned funny bone, I'd recommend

    . You'll learn something; you'll appreciate how much about the universe is unanswered, and you'll find a few gags along the way.

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    May 23, 2017

    covers topics in physics and cosmology where we have a profound ignorance of what is going on. Right now we can't answer questions like what is the stuff that makes up 95% of the universe, Why do we have charmed, Strange, top and bottom quarks which don't seem to have any purpose as far as we (ordinary matter beings) are concerned. Why three plus one dimensions, What about time. What happened before the big bang. Why inflation and what drives it. If you are interested in questions where the phys

    covers topics in physics and cosmology where we have a profound ignorance of what is going on. Right now we can't answer questions like what is the stuff that makes up 95% of the universe, Why do we have charmed, Strange, top and bottom quarks which don't seem to have any purpose as far as we (ordinary matter beings) are concerned. Why three plus one dimensions, What about time. What happened before the big bang. Why inflation and what drives it. If you are interested in questions where the physicists are just as in the dark as you here is your book.

  • Jamie
    Jun 07, 2017

    It's hard to overstate how good this book is at conveying, in a simple fashion and with an unending series of graphics and "dad jokes", some very complex materials.

    Each chapter is a topic in physics that "we" (we being scientists - I have almost no idea about most things) have surprisingly little idea about (hence the name), with topics that include time travel, the nature of empty space, why particles have mass, how big the universe is, etc. It's basic and strips out all of the math and hard b

    It's hard to overstate how good this book is at conveying, in a simple fashion and with an unending series of graphics and "dad jokes", some very complex materials.

    Each chapter is a topic in physics that "we" (we being scientists - I have almost no idea about most things) have surprisingly little idea about (hence the name), with topics that include time travel, the nature of empty space, why particles have mass, how big the universe is, etc. It's basic and strips out all of the math and hard bits, but what remains should prove fascinating for anyone with even a passing interest in science. The true success of this book is that it somehow strikes a perfect balance between something that a junior high student could easily follow, while avoiding a tone of "talking down to" the reader.

    One thing though: the jokes. They are uniformly terrible. Just so, so terrible. And yet...they become endearing almost immediately; probably because each page is bursting with a sense of enthusiasm and fun.

  • Johan
    May 26, 2017

    Highly recommended. The book talks about the biggest questions in science in really easy to understand, light, and humorous manner with lots of cute diagrams and puns

  • Jani-Petri
    May 27, 2017

    Worth reading. Maybe too much focus on cosmology for my taste, but we can not have everything. 3 more words needed because of this stupid app.

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