You Are Here offers easy to understand comparisons to make it easier for the reader to understand scientific terms. I state this because I wrote the part about before I got to the end of book where in a note at the end of the bibliography, the author states that he, in fact, frequently consulted Wikipedia as part of his research I swear that I wrote the bulk of this review prior to completing the book. Potter's telling of all this is as interesting as any I've read. However, if you're anything like me, it might take some hard work to push through the book at some points. This was something put forward by an amateur linguist a long, long time ago and has been so heavily debunked that I can't even.
Oh, and then he talks about dinosaurs and crocodiles evolving from lizards. The pseudo-lyrical intro is a freshman essay, trying to weave religion and science together but this is Supposed to be a summary of scientific discovery, not a philosophical what-does-it-all-mean treatise. And if I ever have a sudden need to explain quantum physics to someone I figure is slightly more confused than I, I'll have a handy reference of words to string toge Much more in-depth, sciency and difficultyier than I thought. Here, for the first time in a single span, is the life of the universe, from quarks to galaxy superclusters and from slime to Homo sapiens. So how has he mastered this knowledge?. You Are Here is simply an amazing book.
He goes over everything from the most minute particles to the grandest th One sign of a really special book is this: as I approach the end of it, I begin to realize that it is so full of valuable knowledge and wisdom that I must read it again. It has produced the most accurate predictions of any scientific theory, but, more astonishing, there has never been any agreement about what the theory implies about physical reality. I have read dozens of books on cosmology, astronomy, quantum physics, and evolution but Christopher Potter's book Science has a long history of making humans less important. But he ends on an up note, putting forth the idea that maybe, somewhere in the future, the paths of science and theology will intersect and merge. Clouds of gas were woven into whatever complexity we find in the universe today: the hierarchies of stars or the brains of mammals. Falk makes a strong case that communication between mothers and babies is a linguistic crucible. Starting with the human body as a reference point, he expands the measuring rod by orders of ten, moving from large animals to the tallest buildings up through planets, stars and entire galaxies, to the largest of all objects, the universe—more than ten billion light years across.
In this book, you'll meet urban pioneers from history, along with today's experts in everything from roads to time, and you will uncover the vital role science has played in shaping the city around you. There is a lot of information packed into this slim volume. You Are Here is a dazzling exploration of the universe and our relationship to it, as seen through the lens of today's most cutting-edge scientific thinking. Potter, in the chapter We Are There, does an excellent job of summing up the discoveries, the history, and the remaining questions scientists face in their search to understand the universe, and ourselves. Each butterfly's habits, range and important characteristics are described, while colour paintings show each butterfly in detail.
Potter confronts the paradox of science as an enterprise that denies Homo sapiens any special status in the universe yet proceeds only because of. What is awesome: the descriptions and examples of scale of size, so you can put the universe in perspective yeah, I know humans aren't the center of the universe, stop repeating yourself mr potter, but that's how we experience it. An idiosyncratic, encyclopedic blitzkrieg of a book. Is there room for God in a material universe? I don't believe there is any great insight in the book, and generally Potter doesn't make any of the comple I'v been looking for more and more reading material that is science based, particular in the realm of cosmology and physics, and this book covers those topics as well as evolution and even early philosophical thought. That discussion leads to his summary of current scientific thought on how the universe might have come into existence some 13 billion years ago.
You Are Here: A Portable History of the Universe is a well written book. One of the best short surveys of science and its history in recent years. The last time I took an earth science class was in 10th grade, and well, I will admit I used to come in everyd Reading You Are Here: A Portable History of the Universe by Christopher Potter will make you sexier. People don't want to feel insignificant. It was just the book that I had been looking for - only now I feel like I have to read it again.
Potter takes a tour through early history, noting the attempts of previous thinkers to arrive at universal truths. Howev An interesting look at both the very large a picture of the universe and the very small subatomic universe and our place in it. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. He demonstrates this idea by measuring outward in meters from our individual selves to various places of interest in the universe and then later measures inward to the microscopic and subatomic. He wants us to understand everything and doesnt want us to miss any information. The earth is no longer seen as the center of the universe, the sun is no longer seen as the center of the galaxy, and our galaxy is no longer seen as especially unique. Takes you through all the major scientific discoveries that have changed the way we think about ourselves and where we are in the universe.
Science and the City is the perfect read for anyone curious about the world they live in. In this work the range of subjects covered, the quality of the writing, the sense of both expert intelligence and youthful wonder is all pretty breathtaking. In this short book, Potter sets out to cover the current state of human knowledge of the universe. In between nothing and everything is where we live. As children we soon become aware that the universe must be a strange place. What impresses me about the book is the scope; its like a primer on all of humanities thought about themselves, the natural world around them on Earth, and the Universe as a whole. I read most of this book while traveling and wrote my initial thoughts on a sheet of paper from a notepad printed with the name of the where I was staying in Las Vegas.