The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality

Author(s): Dave Goldberg

Mathematics & Science

"A great read...Goldberg is an excellent guide."--Mario Livio, bestselling author of "The Golden Ratio" Physicist Dave Goldberg speeds across space, time and everything in between showing that our elegant universe--from the Higgs boson to antimatter to the most massive group of galaxies--is shaped by hidden symmetries that have driven all our recent discoveries about the universe and all the ones to come. Why is the sky dark at night? If there is anti-matter, can there be anti-people? Why are past, present, and future our only options? Saluting the brilliant but unsung female mathematician Emmy Noether as well as other giants of physics, Goldberg answers these questions and more, exuberantly demonstrating that symmetry is the big idea--and the key to what lies ahead.

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"Mathematical symmetries lie at the heart of the answers, but Goldberg offers math-free guideposts along the way in this witty and accessible read. Tip: Don't skip the copious footnotes, packed with geek humor." - "Discover " "An informative, math-free, and completely entertaining look at the concept of symmetry in physics...Throughout his fascinating discussion, Goldberg's writing remains accessible and full of humor...Seasoning his expose with pop culture references that range from Doctor Who to Lewis Carroll to Angry Birds, Goldberg succeeds in making complex topics clear with a winning style." - "Publisher's Weekly " "Goldberg delivers relentlessly cheerful but comprehensible explanations of a dozen profound features of the universe." - "Kirkus " "Most physics books can't really be described as 'rollicking, ' but most physics books aren't written by Dave Goldberg. This is fun, irreverent, and enjoyable, but also very truthful and illuminating. Buy it for your friend who was always scared of physics, especially if that friend is yourself." - Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist at Caltech, author of "The Particle at the End of the Universe" "This is a fun and fascinating examination of core physics concepts-and which even includes a look at one of physics' unsung heroines, a giant upon whose shoulders many physicists have stood: Emmy Noether!" - Danica McKellar, actress and author of "Math Doesn't Suck" "Unputdownable! This book is tremendous fun for any reader curious about our bizarre and beautiful universe. If only the profound concepts and laws of physics were presented in schools in the clear and fun way Dave Goldberg has in this book, we would attract many more people to science early." - Priyamvada Natarajan, Departments of Astronomy & Physics, Chair, Women Faculty Forum, Yale University "The scope of this book is almost as vast as the physical universe it does a most impressive job of describing. Perhaps more

Dave Goldberg is an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Physics at Drexel University. He lives in Philadelphia.

General Fields

  • : 9780142181041
  • : Plume Books
  • : Plume Books
  • : May 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Dave Goldberg
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 352