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You Are Here

A Portable History of the Universe

by Christopher Potter

You Are Here by Christopher Potter
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    Mar 2009, 304 pages
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    Feb 2010, 304 pages

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A whirlwind tour through the life of the universe, from quarks to galaxy superclusters, from slime to Homo sapiens

You Are Here is simply an amazing book. Christopher Potter takes his readers on a whirlwind tour that races from the vastness of the universe to the subatomic particles that make up all of creation, touching on scientific theory, history, and even evolution along the way. It is a fascinating journey that can leave one's head spinning. There is a lot of information packed into this slim volume.

Potter uses the clever technique of allowing exponentials of ten to enhance his readers' grasp of the immense (or infinitesimally small) distances and sizes about which he's writing. He lists, for example, items that are between 1 and 10 metres in length (humans, giraffes). Once the reader easily comprehends that distance, he progresses to items 10 to 100 metres long (pythons, some dinosaurs), and so on until he reaches distances of light years. This makes his subjects more ...

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An interview with the author at The Guardian.

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