The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is

The Edge of the Sky All You Need to Know About the All There Is 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 m

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  • Title: The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is
  • Author: Roberto Trotta
  • ISBN: 9780465044719
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 evenFrom 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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    1. When I first heard about this book on NPR, I thought "How clever: the current state of cosmology using only the 1,000 most common words in English".The book was more clever than informative, with a couple of notable exceptions. For the most part, I found the "dumbed down" descriptions to be confusing because of the wordiness needed to end-around some fairly useful scientific jargon. I don't know that reading this as a neophyte would do much more than frustrate the reader and send him or her off [...]

    2. I had some instant cultural gratification at the beginning of the month. I’d just read a review of The Edge of The Sky: All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is, by Robert Trotta. Trotta is an astrophysicist at Imperial College London, where he studies dark matter, dark energy, and the early Universe. The very next day I found out he was giving a talk and book signing at Powell’s Bookstore. Astrophysics is not something I understand, but every time I look at the night sky, I wonder at its [...]

    3. This is an interesting concept. The author tries to explain the universe using only the 1000 most-used words. I have a background in science, so I know more than the average person about the subject, but I'm certainly not an expert. I was really interested to see how understandable he could make it. It seemed for the most part, more clever than useful. Sometimes a very simple word (coin, for example) required a lot of words to describe it, and it became a bit unwieldy. Because of the language, i [...]

    4. I loved the thinking behind this lovely little book: to explain the universe using only the 1000 most common words in the English language. The problem is this is so restrictive that it's impossible even to describe what the book sets out to do using these 1000 words: he has to say "ten hundred" instead of "one thousand,"water road" instead of "river," and many more.I think the author would have been much better served by putting the occasional word that falls outside of the 1000 in bold or ital [...]

    5. I really wanted to like this book, as I thought the concept was clever and amusing. Explaining astrophysics in the 1,000 most common words? I had a riotous time reading the list of 1,000 words in the front of the book; very enjoyable merriment as I philosophized about humanity based on what we spoke of most often (quite a number of curse words included!). The illustrations were marvelously done to simply describe difficult-to-fathom concepts. I suppose they were worth 1,000 words themselves. The [...]

    6. Here is a book that tickles both my love of the universe and my love of English. Dr. Roberto Trotta's choice to tell the story of the universe using only the 1,000 most commonly used words in English is a great writing and pedagogy exercise. The literary merits of the finished product are secondary to me. One of the things I have learned as a trained writer/actor is that occasionally giving yourself a limiting set of rules can have great benefits. Though arbitrary, doing so takes you out of habi [...]

    7. a slim, but cleverly-conceived introduction to cosmology, the edge of the sky: all you need to know about the all-there-is attempts to convey the science's fundamental concepts using only "the ten hundred most-used words in our tongue" (listed at the beginning of the book). roberto trotta, a theoretical cosmologist at imperial college london needed only 707 distinct words (not including the 42 names of his astronomical forebears) to accomplish his enviable task. even his two brief introductions [...]

    8. "We spend our lives sitting in a dark matter rain."Charming -- and unintentionally instructive on mnemonics. It took me years to realize that I don't learn from the kind of encyclopedia-style books that have been so popular over the last decade (clean, bright overviews of science, history, etc with one-spread-per-topic descriptions). There is nothing to connect them in my brain and I find a month later that I have wasted my time. I learn from whole works, from narratives. This book helped show m [...]

    9. This book takes the idea of "to understand something, you need to be able to explain it in the simplest terms possible" to an extreme. Using only the "ten-hundred" most commonly used words in English (I guess "thousand" didn't make the list) the author tells a short little story explaining, well, everything. Or at least how everything got here. Sometimes the limits on words gets a little challenging (a telescope is the "Big Seer", and airplane is a "flying car", hydrogen is a "single-drop") but [...]

    10. I bought this book because I loved the idea of telling the story of everything using only the most common words in the English language. In general, I really like authors who can take complex subjects and make them accessible to people with no background in a particular subject. This book does not fit that bill. It fails to make complex concepts simple. It had great potential, but the way the author writes makes what should be simple seem quite confusing.

    11. I thought it was a neat idea, but this book is a fantastic example of why language and word usage and having a healthy vocabulary is important. As a lover of words, this book is irritating. Explaining the cosmos in everyday language is great unless it's to the detriment of actually explaining the cosmos.

    12. Writing with only the 1000 most common words is an interesting conceit for about two pages then it is just tiresome. It detracts seriously from what could otherwise be an interesting little book.

    13. Featured on Science for the People show #293 on November 28, 2014, during an interview with author Roberto Trotta. scienceforthepeople/epi

    14. To explain something well in science is to explain it accurately and simply. Cosmology is full of strange terminology and subtle concepts. Describing it in the thousand most common words is an interesting idea. For some concepts the author does this very well. But for others, particularly particle physics, the common word limit seems too constraining. The result is a book that is more poetic than scientific.It is worth reading if you understand some of the underlying concepts, or if you want to [...]

    15. 3.5Quick, fun read as a brief intro to the 'All-There-Is'. I agree with some other readers that the limitation of words did make some parts a little more difficult to understand in real, actual terms. But I definitely learnt a few things and it gave me the initiative to look up things about astrophysics on good ole :)

    16. A friend who studied with Dr Trotta gave me this book, and I must say that even though it's a short simple story it holds so much meaning

    17. An interesting concept but not gripping enough for me to finish amongst the load of other books I had checked out and pending. DNF

    18. This is, without doubt, the strangest popular science book I have ever read or am ever likely to read. For reasons I don't quite understand, I really liked it. Let me start off by telling you why I shouldn't have liked it - but bear in mind that I did. What we have here is a book about cosmology, written in the strangest way.Firstly it's the teensiest weeniest little book - just 12,000 words. But far more significantly, Roberto Trotta has decided, for reasons it surely is impossible to explain r [...]

    19. 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, even excluding physics, energy, galaxy, and universe. Through the eyes of a fictional scientist (Student-People) hunting for dark matter with one of the biggest telesco [...]

    20. Reading The Edge of the Sky felt awkward and contrived at times, poetic at others. It also had an overarching sense of self-satisfaction. At first I found my brain was distracted trying to reverse translate the author's metaphors back into language that I understood more instinctively, but gradually I settled into the rhythm of this new way of describing things. I liked the explanation of how the universe expanded and how the light travelling to us from the early moments of the universe can be i [...]

    21. This writing of my thoughts will be written in the same way as the book, using only the ten hundred most used words. The idea for the book came from a funny on-line picture "book" that told how a space car called the Up Goer Five works. In this book the man tells about the All-There-Is in the same way, but does it for about twenty less than one hundred pieces of paper. The All-There-Is has all the stars and all the stuff and is what you see when you look up in the sky at night (like the stars an [...]

    22. I read this book, like actually read it, earlier this year- and I wrote my thoughts about it then. This time read it again to pass the time while I waited for other books to come in to the book house to continue reading the group of books I am right now going through . Since I could listen to the book this time instead of reading it again, I decided to give it a chance. It works well as a listen-to-book, which surprised me, but the book could have been about a half of a half (or so) shorter, bec [...]

    23. Ask any scientist to explain what they do in the thousand most common words in the English language, and they will most likely be quickly stymied by their inability to use their usual vocabulary. For example, the word "scientist" doesn't make the cut, so Trotta had to decide - what is the best way to explain what a scientist does? He settled on "student-person", which is fairly straightforward, but just wait 'til you hear what he called lawyers! The Edge of the Sky tells the story of a woman stu [...]

    24. Roberto Trotta, a theoretical cosmologist and lecturer in astrophysics at Imperial College, London, deconstructs the Universe, using only the 1000 most common words in the English Language, in 85 pages. The result is not only illuminating, but pure poetry. Planets become crazy stars, galaxies are star crowds, The Milky Way is the white road, and Earth is the home world.The Edge of the Sky is told from the point of view of a scientist (or student-person), during her night observations through a " [...]

    25. It's a short book about a very very big subject written in the most simplistic way possible. The book uses the ten-hundred words most used in our tongue to explain EVERYTHING So it is written for humans who don't know too many words other words most Americans. Anywayeveryone should know that Dark Energy holds this whole world together. None of the "all there is" would exist without it -- including you. However, we have no idea what Dark Energy is. And the reason that matter survived in the VERY [...]

    26. I have mixed feelings about “The Edge of the Sky” by Roberto Trotta. The book is about astrophysics: planets, galaxies, dark matter, relativity, the Big Bang, etc. But it’s not your typical science book; Trotta wrote it using only the 1,000 most common words in the English language. The idea is that everything should be explainable in simple terms, and a notoriously complicated subject like astrophysics is no exception.The final result, in my opinion, is that depending on your level of sub [...]

    27. Ah, this is fun and interesting: a book about current cosmological understanding, written using only the 1,000 most common words on English.The execution is excellent. The story is told in a kind of mythic mode, freed from all the equations, calculations and technical terms that can make books on cosmology and quantum theory so dense and difficult. Reading this, I found that a simpler framework was graspable - one that I hope will give me a better grounding for reading those other books.I think [...]

    28. The author writes about the universe using only the most-used 1000 words in English. At first, the language feels a bit stilted. Almost like Neanderthal or some Indian language was being translated into English. It makes everything sound almost stupid. This has the interesting effect, however, of forming a bit of a puzzle. What does this new term mean? Which planet are they talking about now? Sometimes it is interesting to note which words are obviously not in the top 1,000. For example, he had [...]

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