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The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is by [Trotta, Roberto]
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From the big bang to black holes, from dark matter to dark energy, from the origins of the universe to its ultimate destiny, The Edge of the Sky tells the story of the most important discoveries and mysteries in modern cosmology—with a twist. The book's lexicon is limited to the thousand most common words in the English language, excluding physics, energy, galaxy, or even universe. Through the eyes of a fictional scientist (Student-People) hunting for dark matter with one of the biggest telescopes (Big-Seers) on Earth (Home-World), cosmologist Roberto Trotta explores the most important ideas about our universe (All-there-is) in language simple enough for anyone to understand.

A unique blend of literary experimentation and science popularization, this delightful book is a perfect gift for any aspiring astronomer. The Edge of the Sky tells the story of the universe on a human scale, and the result is out of this world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2585 KB
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0465044719
  • Publisher: Basic Books (23 September 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XCFL3PH
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting idea - trying to explain Physics using day-to-day laymen terms 13 March 2015
By Anurag - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a very interesting idea to try to explain high-level concepts in quantum physics using the 1000 most commonly used English words. However, I think it would be better if the author had used perhaps 2000 most commonly used words. That way words like scientist and atom could be. Using alternate terms for scientist and atom actually made the reading a little bit harder, which went against the spirit of the book - i.e. to make things easier. I understand - the question will be - where do you draw the line, and I don't have an answer to that. I am not criticizing the book - I liked it and I gave it four stars, I am simply sharing a thought that crossed my mind. Congratulations to the author for taking a brilliant idea and writing a very nice book off of that idea.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The "Edge of the Sky" is not all one needs to know... 20 December 2014
By Russell Hoover - Published on Amazon.com
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While the author of this book had a good idea, i.e., to write a book on physics using the ten hundred most common words in the English language, he seems to fail the mark in this regard. Instead of describing basics concepts in physics such as the Higgs boson or dark matter in terms most any one could understand, he writes little stories that are kind of poetic but don't go into much depth using these common everyday words. Nevertheless, the book will make an interesting read for many people not wanting to read something too technical.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick review of some fundamental questions and concepts using only the 1000 most common English words 1 March 2015
By USAF Veteran - Published on Amazon.com
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Using only the 1000 most common English words, the author, Roberto Trotta, presents in 70, small-size pages a quick overview of the universe and some basic questions and principles such as the Big Bang theory, dark matter, dark energy and quantum particles. I found that this format actually helped present some of these big ideas without getting bogged down in implications and evidence.

While certainly not a reference text, or even a book you would read more than once, it was entertaining. On the other hand it wouldn't have hurt to use a few words for clarity like "telescope" (instead of far-seer), "planets" (instead of "crazy stars) and "hydrogen" and "anti-matter" (instead of "single drops" and "sister-drops"). 4 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the road to a New Narrative 18 November 2014
By Jak Kornfilt - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a very important contribution to what might hopefully some day become a "New Narrative", one that is not only based on rational thought, but is also as poetic and inspiring as our outdated myths that are so easily put to wrong use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, it is amazing how difficult categories can ... 21 November 2014
By Ljupka - Published on Amazon.com
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A great book, it is amazing how difficult categories can be explained in plain language. It is a matter of creativity to name things around you using metaphores and the author shows a great creativity in that respect.

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