Why is the sky dark at night? Is it possible to
build a shrink-ray gun? If there is antimatter, can there be antipeople? Why
are past, present, and future our only options? Are time and space like a
No one but Dave Goldberg, the coolest nerd
physicist on the planet, could give a hyper drive tour of the universe like
this one. Not only does he answer the questions your stoner friends came up
with in college, but he also reveals the most profound discoveries of physics
with infectious, Carl Sagan–like enthusiasm and accessibility.
Goldberg’s narrative is populated with giants from
the history of physics, and the biggest turns out to be an unsung genius and
Nazi holocaust escapee named Emmy Noether, the other Einstein. She was
unrecognized, even unpaid, throughout most of her career simply because she was
a woman. Nevertheless, her theorem relating conservation laws to symmetries is
widely regarded to be as important as Einstein’s notion of the speed of light.
Einstein himself said she was “the most significant creative mathematical
genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.”
Symmetry is the unsung great idea behind all the
big physics of the last one hundred years and what lies ahead. In this book,
Goldberg makes mindbending science not just comprehensible but gripping. Fasten
your seat belt. Download and start listening now!