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Universe on a T-shirt by Dan Falk

Universe on a T-shirt

Quite an interesting read about the history of physics. Falk starts from ancient Greeks who theorized that Earth was the center of the universe and everything was made from earth, air, fire and water and progresses to modern day theoretical physicists who talk in terms of string theory. Throughout the book, there is a common theme – how science at various stages tried to obtain a simplified theory of everything.

The book is an impressive mix of layman descriptions of physics, anecdotes about scientists and sharp observations. It isn’t a very deep explanation of any modern physical theories, however, which may or may not be what you’re looking for. Although it’s about some of the most complex physics studied by man, it’s actually a very light read that anyone with a spirit of enquiry and story will enjoy. Personally, I was hoping for a more intricate description of modern physics but I found that this isn’t the book for that, having been written more in the spirit of “A short history of nearly everything”, only limited to physics.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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