Is there life on Mars – Stuart Clark

Is there life on Mars?

&

The 20 Big Universe Questions

by

 

Dr. Stuart Clark

 

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 Is There Life On Mars? will help you start to answer 20 of the most perplexing and fascinating questions about the universe, such as: Why do the planets stay in orbit? Was Einstein right? What is Dark Matter? Are we made from Stardust? Is there cosmological evidence for God? Distilling the wisdom and research of scientists operating at the cutting edge of their field, Stuart Clark’s book is a stimulating and challenging guide to the wonders of the universe.

 

If like me you are curious by nature and like to question the world ( and  Universe ) around you and you spend fruitless hours pondering  some of the most mind boggling mysteries of the Universe and beyond , then this is the book for you.

Dr. Stuart Clark’s book covers some of the biggest and most perplexing questions out there and if like me you consider yourself an amateur  cosmologist  ( the wife just doesn’t understand) , but struggle to get your head round some of the seemingly  unfathomable concepts of time and space , particle and  theoretical physics etc.   , then the good Dr. explains it all in a manner that is condensed and accessible to all  and I was gipped from the first page.

In fact I enjoyed this book so much that I have read it three times and I am pleased to announce that my knowledge as an amateur  cosmologist is increasing by the day , ( the wife doesn’t care ) although my mind is frazzled trying to get my head around the time scales and distances involved and getting to grips with the ” cosmological distance ladder ” ( page 19) .

Great for amateurs …but experts should already know these things……….

For me it was perfect and for a brief moment in time  I lost myself amongst the stars and other wonders of the Universe and never wanted it to end. ( page 269)

Content:

I have highlighted my favourite topics , which was pretty much everything

  1. WHAT IS THE UNIVERSE?

         The human quest to know what’s out there

     2. HOW BIG IS THE UNIVERSE?

         The cosmological ladder

     3. HOW OLD IS THE UNIVERSE?

        Cosmology’s age crisis

     4. WHAT ARE STARS MADE FROM?

         The cosmic recipe

    5. HOW DID THE EARTH FORM?

        The birth of the planet we call home

    6. WHY DO THE PLANETS STAY IN ORBIT?

        And why the moon doesn’t fall down

    7. WAS EINSTEIN RIGHT?

        Gravitational force versus space-time warp

 

    8. WHAT IS A BLACK HOLE?

       Gobbling monster, evaporating pin pricks and balls of string

 

   9. HOW DID THE UNIVERSE FORM?

       Picturing the Big Bang

  10. WHAT WERE THE FIRST CELESTIAL OBJECTS?

       The beginnings of the Universe as we know it

 11. WHAT IS DARK MATTER?

       The debate about what holds the Universe together

12. WHAT IS DARK ENERGY?

      The most mysterious substance in the Universe

 13. ARE WE MADE FROM STARDUST?

      The mystery of how life emerged

  14. IS THERE LIFE ON MARS?

        The chances of finding we have neighbours

   15. ARE THERE OTHER INTELLIGENT BEINGS?

         Is anyone out there?

    16. CAN WE TRAVEL THROUGH TIME AND SPACE?

        The possibility of warp drives and time travel

    17. CAN THE LAWS OF PHYSICS CHANGE?

        Physics beyond Einstein

    18. ARE THERE ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSES?

        Schrodinger’s cat and the implications for us all

    19. WHAT WILL BE THE FATE OF THE UNIVERSE?

         Big crunch, slow heat death or big rip

    20. IS THERE COSMOLOGICAL EVIDENCE FOR GOD?

          The apparent fine-tuning of the Universe for human life

    21. WHY DO THEY COVER JELLY BABIES WITH FLOUR?

      Eating my son’s Jelly Babies and became curious why they did cover them with flour. All answers welcome.

Visit Stuart Clarks website: Stuart Clarks Universe

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Reviews

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Alok

Mar 09, 2015 Alok rated it really liked it
Great book for lapsed physics majors. It steers clear of math, but you can still get a lot out of this book if you being your physics intuition. For example, you may remember that the universe is expanding, but do you know the history and evidence for that? I learned a bunch of cosmology/ astronomy, though I was starting from very little. If you already know how to date a globular cluster using the main sequence turnoff, this book is not for you, but for the rest of us it’s a great overview.
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Aaron Wong

Oct 15, 2014 Aaron Wong rated it liked it
A rare talent who can makes the amazingly difficult easy to understand. Bravo.
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