How the Universe Got Its Spots

  • by Janna Levin
  • Narrated by Christine Williams
  • 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The gifted young cosmologist Janna Levin sets out to determine the size of the universe, along the way providing an intimate look at the day-to-day life of a globe-trotting physicist. Nimbly synthesizing geometry, topology, and chaos and string theories, Levin shows how the pattern of hot and 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 listener.

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What the Critics Say

"Lovely and utterly original....makes a reader long to meet the author." (American Scientist)
"[A] gift to those people who want to think big but came to a screeching halt about two dozen pages into...A Brief History of Time." (Discover)

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Customer Reviews

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Nothing like the book I expected

There is very little science in this book, it is mostly dull travelogue about the author's life in the UK and California. Nothing necessarily wrong with that but there are much better writers in that genre.

The narrator was weirdly robotic, making the long sections about the shape of the author's boyfriend's hands (!) even more painful.
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- Neil Bartlett

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-10-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.