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    This book is pretty easy to read There is some geometry but almost no formulas; the reading level is like Scientific American The author is a master of making a complex subject easy to understand with analogies and simple diagrams The book is structured as a series of letters to the author’s mother and the author intersperses personal details of her friends and love life She is constantly shifting residences as she mi

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    I thought this little primer on physics was perfectly delightful I've never seen anyone explain physics in uite this way before but it was absolutely charming The biggest points for me were on the topology of the universe Geometry trumps General Relativity For as we know neither General Relativity or uantum Physics can d

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    In short Janna Levin explains scientific theory so well that she may have just changed my freakin life I'm kidding Kind of But we'll get thereFirst Dimension this is an exceptionally lucid piece of writing Levin a cosmologist who here argues for a finite universe traces the lineage of her theory with remarkable logic clarity rema

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    My family has a joke that there are three kinds of math Math hard math and math that will make you cry I for one crashed and burned spectacularly on the easy end of hard math But this doesn’t mean that I don’t want to know about math that will make you cry Janna Levin is great at taking complexmind bending mathematics and explain the theory and idea behind it without actually using math She explains it with passion and intel

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    You might have come across Janna Levin's How the Universe Got Its Spots the same way that I did—by seeing it show up in io9's 20 Science Books Every Scifi Fan and Writer Should Read or some such similar list of must read science books Of Le

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    If the title sounds clever and you're not sure why it's a play on Rudyard Kipling's tale of How the Leopard Got Its Spots The answer to that uestion is mentioned in passing in this book there is differentiation in the concentration of chemicals bathing the leopard's skin in utero The universe also has spots which is to say

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    This was great Specialized but illuminating she explains just what she needs to in order to make her specialty clear The personalprofessional

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    This is probably one of the most uniue pop sci books I've ever read—Janna Levin a cosmologist who theorizes on the topology and geometry of the universe and who advances the idea that the universe is finite writes of the science behind relativity general and special black holes string theory and much in the format of

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    Originally published on my blog here in October 2002It is not generally speaking usual for modern science books to be concerned with the private lives of their authors even though it is inevitable that the scientific work that they have done will have been influenced by this This is a result of the idea that scientific ideas should be vali

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    Review from 2011 I have missed reading cosmology Levin does the obligatory catching the reader up to speed that ev

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review É E-book, or Kindle E-pub Õ Janna Levin

Y science For even as she sets out to determine how big “really big” may be Levin gives us an intimate look at the day to day life of a globe trotting physicist complete with jet lag the Universe Got Its Spots MOBI #224 and romantic disturbancesNimbly synthesizing geometry topology chaos and string theories Levin sho. You might have come across Janna Levin s How the Universe Got Its Spots the same way that I did by seeing it show up in io9 s 20 Science Books Every Scifi Fan and Writer Should Read or some such similar list of must read science books Of Levin s book io9 s Annalee Newitz writesLevin is a physicist who studies the origins of the universe and is also a writer whose language is both clear and poetic Something about cosmology invites poetic meditations and Levin manages to combine somewhat melancholy explorations of her own place in the universe with complicated physics formulas to create one of the most interesting books you ll ever readWhich is a pretty good characterization for 60 words What s left out of that 60 word characterization is that Levin like Smolin who happens to be a good friend of Levin s 1 waxes elegiac over the scientist s role in the life of science and science s role in the life of the scientist 2 Not that How the Universe Got Its Spots is some 200 plus page dirge of miserable introspection into a scientist s regret far from it Levin is engaged and enthusiastic about the science just as often as she is stymied and despondent What Levin gives us is a highly readable book half of it personal musings on her at times troubled life as a scientist and the other half a layman s terms explanation of modern cosmological research a treatise cast as a diary of letters to her mother and ultimately a book about topology s role in in cosmology asking one of the most difficult uestions facing physics Is the universe really infinite or just really big And if it isn t infinite what shape is it AN ASIDE ABOUT OUR COLLECTIVE OR MAYBE JUST MY PERSONAL FIXATION ON PHYSICS It is probably worth noting that no other science is really emblematic of The Whole Big Shebang of Science uite like physics Maybe we can blame Einstein for that good ol Albert Einstein The Einstein that gets mentioned in every modern book about physics all of them paying homage to his pivotal role in the discipline The Einstein whose crazy haired mustached visage shows up as the icon of science throughout 20th century popular culture The Einstein that seems infinitely uotable from his writings and instantly relatable from every anecdote ever told about him The Einstein who was maybe right about almost everything or almost right about maybe everything andbut definitely wrong about a few things because of not uite hubris but a kind of stubborn younger brother to it Making him all the relatable see he s just as fallible as usOr maybe we get stuck on physics when we get stuck on science because it s a the science of everything Physics the science that attempts to describe and explain the very very smallest things and thus must be in all other sciences Physics the science that attempts to describe and explain the very very largest things and thus must encompass all other sciences Physics indistinguishable from math to so many layman but also eually indistinguishable to those same layman from chemistry thus deriving biology psychology engineering Physics the seed for our science fiction fantasies of time travel of trans light speeds wormhole portals self organizing and self aware nanomachines etcYes indeed that physics END OF ASIDE A LITTLE MORE ABOUT LEVIN S BOOK One thing that separates Levin s book from so many other physics books that I ve read is its focus Feynman Greene Hawking and Smolin they all give us great books 3 but they re tackling so much arguably too much Physics without some dangling sub discipline of a ualifier is a big subject perhaps the biggest and broadest subject The best you could hope for in most cases is a halfway decent survey that glosses over the basics of the fundamentals If you re really ambitious you could spin this off into a discussion of your chosen specific area but if you re trying to keep the appeal of your book pretty broad read accessible to lay folk then you re almost certainly doomed to recounting a bunch of personal anecdotes that shed little if any useful light on the subject matterHow do you get around thatDo what Janna Levin did don t try to cover all of physics just focus on your area Even if your area is niche Especially if your area is nicheLevin still gives us what I ve come to think of as The Obligatory Digest of Modern Fundamental Physics that You Should Have Learned in College or Your Fancy High School but she glosses over some stuff covered in other Physics but Accessible for Laymen books and this is than just fine because every principle of physics that she describes is laser focused on getting to her points about infinities and about topology and how those fit in with cosmology and specifically how they fit in with her specific uestions about cosmology all of that is the universe finite and what exactly is the shape of the universe stuff It is all very endearing because she knows better than to bore her readers with every detail of modern physics those books are all already out there and instead she focuses on painting a vivid and fascinating picture of the known universe and asks one of those difficult andbut so obvious and yet so arcane uestions about that known universe You cannot help but get swept up in her prose 4 there is science but there is also a storyAnd there s where that star slips off the rating dropping from a full five to four Levin is such a great writer and her own story is so important to the telling of her cosmological tale and she is so articulate about the science but I could have used another fifty pages about that same science I was left with some unanswered uestions eg Tell me about your theories on the sizeshape of the universe and with that feeling that I was biting my tongue waiting for the other shoe to drop on string theory which gets a little lampooned over the whole no one knows what the M in M theory means thing but then also gets an obliue bye on a technicality related to the attractivenessconvenience of having so many dimensions 5Nutshell version Levin brought us a beautiful book about modern cosmology and about the life of a young scientist and I recommend it to everyone with even a passing interest in science and especially as a companion piece to Lee Smolin s The Trouble with Physics 1 Levin s and Smolin s book should be distributed as a box set The themes are so close and inform each other so well that you re really missing out if you don t put the messages of both books together2 And the scientist s loved ones3 I m being generous to Greene though really only the first third first half of The Elegant Universe is great the rest is basically navel gazing And Hawking s book borders on that a few times but is also mercifully much shorter than Greene s4 And that s what it is too prose Maybe she has some secret advantage over other physics writers Feynman was humorous Greene is lucid Hawking is accessible Smolin is cogent but only Levin is expressive enough to really have a physics book that also ualifies as having prose5 I ll spare readers of this review yet another of my rantingsravings about string theory I ll just recommend Smolin s The Trouble with Physics again And sure go for Greene s The Elegant Universe to get the whole picture but it is getting harder to convince me that string theorists have their collective shit together enough to deserve continued funding

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Ws how the pattern of hot How the PDFEPUBand cold spots left over from the big bang may one day reveal the size and shape of the cosmos She does so with such originality lucidity and even poetry that How the Universe Got Its Spots becomes a thrilling and deeply personal communication between a scientist and the lay reade. Originally published on my blog here in October 2002It is not generally speaking usual for modern science books to be concerned with the private lives of their authors even though it is inevitable that the scientific work that they have done will have been influenced by this This is a result of the idea that scientific ideas should be valid without any cultural context but the anecdotes which litter popular science books demonstrate how important some subjectivity is for interesting the reader few people read textbooks for pleasure An excellent example is Pais Subtle is the Lord which is a biography of Einstein which places eual emphasis on his life story and an explanation of his ideasHow the Universe Got Its Spots is based on a series of letters written by cosmologist Janna Levin to her mother which seek to explain her work I don t know how much Levin s mother already knew but the letters don t presuppose significant amounts of scientific and mathematical education which makes even writing the letters in the first place uite a brave thing to do a parent is a far difficult audience than some unknown reader The letters also contain details of her personal life over a two year period a diary of the gradual breakdown of Levin s relationship with musician WarrenLevin s work is in the topology of cosmology trying to come up with possible descriptions of the large scale shape and structure of the universe This may be discernible as patterns in such measurements as the COBE map of variations in the cosmic background radiation The ideas which are introduced to explain this include a fair amount of topology which is one of the entertaining branches of mathematics The explanations of the ideas behind Levin s work are clear and simple though as someone who has studied topology I might well not be a good judgeIt is for the combination of the science and the personal history that readers will pick up How the Universe Got Its Spots however The way that the two are put together makes the book reminiscent of a novel which was a bestseller a few years ago Sophie s World by Jostein Gaardner That book though intended to introduce children to philosophy was enjoyed by large numbers of adults and if you liked it you are pretty certain to like this

review É E-book, or Kindle E-pub Õ Janna Levin

Is Universe Got Its Spots Epubthe universe infinite or just Universe Got ePUB #9734 really big With this uestion the gifted young cosmologist Janna Levin not only announces the central theme of her intriguing and controversial new book but establishes herself as one of the most direct and unorthodox voices in contemporar. I thought this little primer on physics was perfectly delightful I ve never seen anyone explain physics in uite this way before but it was absolutely charming The biggest points for me were on the topology of the universe Geometry trumps General Relativity For as we know neither General Relativity or uantum Physics can describe the actual shape of the universe No predictive power at allBut then even Einstein said there would have to be yet another comprehensive paradigm shift I personally like to think that all science will always have to do successive paradigm shifts as if it too followed the Marxian axiom It means there will never be an end to learning and THAT is something gorgeous to behold ANYWAY back to this book Levin s prose takes the highly unusual tack of posing as letters to her mom being awesomely personal and revealing while also illustrating just how much she loves the science she does The mix far from being awkward turns the whole struggle and acuisition of knowledge into an end that we can all admire greatly It also makes it REAL in a way I rarely see in these kinds of non fiction books Or perhaps it s not all that rare because I do get a very awesome sense of the people for whom the science is everything but in her case I just feel love sympathy and shared joyThis is not your standard boilerplate introductory pop sci text Rather it is a personal and gorgeous love note to the ideas that shine so bright always asking uestions demanding sacrifices and in the end revealing even of the universeTotes respect