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Frequently Asked Questions about the Universe

Frequently Asked Questions about the Universe

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Delightful, funny, and yet rigorous and intelligent: only Jorge and Daniel can reach this exquisite balance. --Carlo Rovelli, author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Helgoland

You've got questions: about space, time, gravity, and the odds of meeting your older self inside a wormhole. All the answers you need are right here.

As a species, we may not agree on much, but one thing brings us all together: a need to know. We all wonder, and deep down we all have the same big questions. Why can't I travel back in time? Where did the universe come from? What's inside a black hole? Can I rearrange the particles in my cat and turn it into a dog?

Researcher-turned-cartoonist Jorge Cham and physics professor Daniel Whiteson are experts at explaining science in ways we can all understand, in their books and on their popular podcast, Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe. With their signature blend of humor and oh-now-I-get-it clarity, Jorge and Daniel offer short, accessible, and lighthearted answers to some of the most common, most outrageous, and most profound questions about the universe they've received.

This witty, entertaining, and fully illustrated book is an essential troubleshooting guide for the perplexing aspects of reality, big and small, from the invisible particles that make up your body to the identical version of you currently reading this exact sentence in the corner of some other galaxy. If the universe came with an FAQ, this would be it.

Author: Jorge Cham, Daniel Whiteson
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Published: 11/02/2021
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.30lbs
Size: 8.90h x 6.30w x 1.34d
ISBN: 9780593189313

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 12/01/2021 pg. 21
Publishers Weekly 09/06/2021
Booklist 09/15/2021 pg. 5
Kirkus Reviews 10/01/2021

About the Author
Daniel Whiteson is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, and a fellow of the American Physical Society. He earned his PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an active researcher, using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to search for exotic new particles.

Jorge Cham is the cartoonist behind the popular online comic Piled Higher and Deeper (aka PHD Comics). He holds a PhD in robotics from Stanford University and is a former instructor and research associate at Caltech.

Together they are the coauthors of We Have No Idea, cohosts of the podcast Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe, and creators of the PBS animated series Elinor Wonders Why.
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