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Unlocking the Universe. everything you need to travel through space and time. By Stephen & Lucy Hawking.

May 1, 2020 Comments off

unlockingUnlocking the Universe. everything you need to travel through space and time. By Stephen & Lucy Hawking. Pub. PenguinRandom House, 2020. Imprint Puffin.

This is the most mind blowing non fiction work I have ever read. It took me over 2 months to finish as it contains information and concepts that my brain could only handle in small doses. I needed to know everything in this book before I shed this mortal coil but I needed to understand it first. I am not sure I have but this is what I learned.

Einsteins theory of relativity predicts that our expanding Universe must have had  a beginning about 13.8 billion years ago known as the Big Bang. Since then scientists have conjectured that there are multi universes.

I always thought that everything is made of atoms but not so. Apparantly only 5% of the Universe is made from atoms and that includes all the 94 naturally occuring elements and the 24 man made elements. The rest of the Universe consists of 27% Dark matter that is not made from atoms as proven by the Large Hadron Collider and a staggering 68% of dark energy which is still a mystery.

How our own Milky Way Galaxy and the Solar System was formed plus a profile of all the Planets and other bodies makes fascinating reading and good advice “don’t fly to close to a Black Hole”.

How global warming has occurred and what the future of the planet may look like are excellent additions at the end of the book.

This book is easy to read with small amounts of beautifully illustrated  concepts by highly qualified scientists. High school students of a scientific bent could read it as could young adults.

I read it because i needed to know. You will love it too. give it a crack.

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge.

March 30, 2016 Comments off

albieThe Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge. Pub. Nosy Crow, 2016.

It is said that if you think you understand quantum physics then you don’t understand quantum physics. This book is loosely about some of the principles that quantum physics seems to theorise about except this has a new concept called Quantum banana theory.

Don’t get confused because this book is about the marvellous concept of parallel universes. Yes that means  parallel worlds occupying the same space as this one we are in and in these worlds are a different version of ourselves, our parents, our friends and of our world.

Albie Bright wants to see his mum again. She has died of cancer after a brilliant science career at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and he misses her. So does his dad.

Albie checks out his mothers work and finds her laptop computer which is plugged into the Hadron Collider. His father has told him that an atom can appear to be in two places at the same time and since we are made of atoms we can be in two places at once as well.

Using a banana as his source , a geiger counter and plugging it into this mothers laptop enclosed in a box, Albie travels  to four other parallel worlds in which everything including himself has subtly changed.

Albie’s plan is that his mother could be still alive in one of these parallel universes and he wants to see her again. What he finds is hilariously funny, deep and sad too, but fulfilling.

If it sounds like you, read it. the language is simple and the story bizaare. Intermediate and junior high school students will love this.

It is out there but it will not be published until 25th May 2016 so if you like it keep a note and order it later. You will not be sorry.