Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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What a wonderful book for anyone interested in both Astronomy and Physics. I never had the opportunity to take Physics as my school schedule was filled. So reading this book has given me insights into some of what I missed. Also, there are no surprise quizzes or tests and some astronomy as well.

Did you know that a typical galaxy contains at least 100 billion stars? That approximately 200 billion galaxies exists in our universe and that our sun is one of 20,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in this universe?

Did you know that our universe moves and is expanding every day with stars and planets getting farther apart as it expands; that as stars and planets move in their orbits, the space around then is expanding? How about this one, scientists do not really know what space is but do know it is more than just an emptiness.

Scientists still have not decided what existed before the Big Bang, could time exist or was all just Is, Endless Beingness? What do you think or are you like most and never gave it a thought? I known what my sense Is but it may not be yours.

Black Holes, what are they, what causes them? They have both mass and can bend the space around themselves, distorting the path of whatever is in their range of influence. They are in the center of all galaxies, swallowing all matter around then as they continue growing in size. If one was able to actually see into one, they would notice that time simply does not exist within it.

Could, as Scientists theorize, two black holes aligned under the “right conditions” create a worm hole providing a shortcut through space?

The Inflaton is most interesting to me as it shows how a universe is created by taking a different set of values in different areas of space. Some of these values result in new and rapid expansion, while in other, observable areas the value drops or lessens to ordinary expansion. Each of these expansion areas is a universe. All of these worlds or universes are what is known as the multiverse.

Such interesting topics as gravitational waves, life on other planets, time and space, entropy, something instead of nothing, telescope to microscope, atoms, quarks, neutrinos, dark matter, the string theory and the quantum world are discussed.

I would give this book 7 stars if I could as it is not just full of mostly easy to understand language but it explains and gives answers that text books do not. From the depth of the material covered and the bibliography cited, the author has spent considerable time, effort and diligence in putting the material into a comprehensive package of interesting, cohesive information, theories and scientific discoveries.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from John Hunt Publishing through NetGalley. All opinions expressed is this review are entirely my own.

Faith S. Michael, NetGalley, November 2019

“A great read and a great gift with the holidays upon us. It takes the majestic complications of the universe and presents them in understandable and fascinating terms. It’s the quick and handy guide to our universe. Written in an informative style reminiscent of Bill Bryson. MUST-READ!”

Event Horizon Radio, November 2019

“Not many authors have the skill and breadth to masterfully explain the mysteries of science, and do so in literate language, but Richard Dieter easily ranks as one of them.”

Colman McCarthy, former Washington Post columnist

“In clear prose, Richard Dieter lays out a vision of the universe filled with curiosity and wonder. Dieter’s layman vision of the universe brings the majesty of the cosmos down to the level of the everyday in census of the weirdness that surrounds us on all sides. From the smallest particles to the vastest super-structures, this book is a great read for anyone looking up in the sky and wondering what’s out there.”

John Wenz, former Associate Editor, Astronomy magazine

“This book is like a 2019 version of ‘Powers of Ten’ that takes you 13 billion light years away, then brings you back to the DNA in your hand and leaves you in awe of the beauty and complexity of our universe. Dieter accompanies you on this trip with clear, concise explanations of extraordinary discoveries.”

—Paul Lyons, CEO Zapotec Energy, Inc., Cambridge, MA