Frequently Asked Questions About the Universe

Riverhead. Nov. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780593189313. $28. SCI
Are you curious about the nature of reality? Did you ever want to know if you can travel back in time, teleport to another place, or live on Mars someday? In this pop-sci work inspired by their popular podcast Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe, cartoonist Cham and physicist Whiteson (Univ. of California, Irvine) attempt to answer these and other frequently asked questions about the universe. Incorporating humor and cartoons into bite-sized essays, this book provides easy-to-understand explanations of complex scientific theories and concepts. The authors (We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe) draw from a range of topics that would be familiar to readers of sci-fi books and fans of popular movies and television shows, such as whether it’s possible to build a space ship with a warp drive like those used in Star Trek, and whether we’re living in a Matrix-like computer simulation. The tone is conversational throughout, and Cham and Whiteson explain topics such as weather and plant biology in accessible terms.
VERDICT This quirky, easily digestible book makes for a fun read.
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