You Are Here: A Portable History of the Universe

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Science - 304 pages

“You Are Here is not just physics for poets, but as close to poetry or music as science is ever likely to get. Christopher Potter’s narrative is as imaginative, ingenious, and elegantly concise as it is user-friendly.” — Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind

“A personal, brilliant, and often amusing account . . . . An idiosyncratic, encyclopedic blitzkrieg of a book.” —The Boston Globe

“The Verdict: Read.” — Time

Christopher Potter’s You Are Here is a lively and accessible biography of the universe—how it fits together and how we fit into it—in the style of science writers like Richard Dawkins, Bill Bryson, and Richard Feynman, as seen through the lens of today’s most cutting-edge scientific thinking.

 

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A lucid, readable explanation of the physics of the universe. The author does a particularly good job of explaining relativity in easy to understand terms, which is a valuable service. I did find the ... Read full review

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A lucid, readable explanation of the physics of the universe. The author does a particularly good job of explaining relativity in easy to understand terms, which is a valuable service. I did find the ... Read full review

Contents

Orientation
1
Measure for Measure
43
Its Not About You
59
Going Through the Motions
81
The Other Way Out
100
Light on the Matter
113
Something and Nothing
150
Hail the Birth of Stars
172
Homing In
191
Beginning the Begats
211
In and Out of Africa
248
We Are There
262
Bibliography
275
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About the author (2009)

Christopher Potter is the former publisher and managing director of 4th Estate. He lives in London and New York City.

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