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Youniverse: A Short Guide to Modern Science

Your guide to science, from the Big Bang to AI

Whether you wish to discover the basics of science or catch up on its latest developments, this short accessible guide is for you.

YOUNIVERSE describes in simple terms the world you are inseparably a part of: what it is, how it works and your place in it – insofar as these things are known. The text has been vetted by 13 distinguished scientists.

Journey now through time and space, a world of the unimaginably big and the inconceivably small – though the marvels of science.

*PRAISE FOR YOUNIVERSE*

‘This is a fine piece of work… very entertaining and informative… It should appeal and be useful to the generalist who wants an overview of science.’ Sir Peter Ratcliffe, 2019 Nobel Prize winner and head of clinical research at the Francis Crick Institute

Through Two Doors at Once

The clearest, most accessible explanation yet of the amazing world of quantum mechanics. 

How can matter behave both like a particle and a wave? Does a particle exist before we look at it or does the very act of looking bring it into reality? Are there hidden elements to reality missing from the orthodox view of quantum physics? And is there a place where the quantum world ends and our perceivable world begins?

Many of science’s greatest minds have grappled with these questions embodied by the simple yet elusive "double-slit" experiment. Thomas Young devised it in the early 1800s to show that light behaves like a wave, and in doing so opposed Isaac Newton’s theories. Nearly a century later, Albert Einstein showed that light comes in particles, and the experiment became key to a fierce debate with Niels Bohr over the nature of reality. Richard Feynman held that the double slit embodies the central mystery of the quantum world. Hypothesis after hypothesis, scientists have returned to this ingenious experiment to help them answer the deep questions about the fabric of our universe.

With his extraordinary gift for making the complicated comprehensible, Anil Ananthaswamy travels around the world and through history, down to the smallest scales of physical reality we have yet fathomed for the answers.

***PRAISE FOR THROUGH TWO DOORS AT ONCE***

A Physics Book of the Year

A Forbes Best Book of the Year

A Kirkus Best Book of the Year

A Smithsonian Favourite Book of the Year 

Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of Autumn

‘A fascinating read and a must for anyone who would like to find out the latest experimental advances made in this most fundamental of quantum experiments.’ Physics World

‘Ananthaswamy cleverly comes at quantum physics from a different direction… An excellent addition to the ‘Quantum physics for the rest of us’ shelf.’ Brian Clegg, author of Are Numbers Real? and The Quantum Age

‘A challenging and rewarding survey of how scientists are grappling with nature’s deepest, strangest secrets.’ Wall Street Journal

‘A fascinating tour through the cutting-edge physics the experiment keeps on spawning.’ Scientific American

‘Ananthaswamy gives an absolutely mind-boggling tour of how quantum physicists try to explain this “reality” that one of the most powerful scientific models of our era.’ Smithsonian 

‘Offers beginners the tools they need to seriously engage with the philosophical questions that likely drew them to quantum mechanics.’ Science

‘At a time when popular physics writing so valorizes theory, a quietly welcome strength of Ananthaswamy’s book is how much human construction comes into focus here. This is not “nature” showing us, but us pressing “nature” for answers to our increasingly obsessional questions.’ Washington Post

‘Ananthaswamy’s book is simply an outstanding exploration of the double slit experiment and what makes it so weird.’ Forbes

‘A thrilling survey of the most famous, enduring, and enigmatic experiment in the history of science.’ Kirkus, starred review

The Edge of Physics

A scientific and globetrotting exploration of the physics experiments changing the ways we understand our universe.

Why is the universe expanding? What is the nature of dark matter? Do other universes exist? In this timely and original book, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy embarks on a global journey to some of the world’s most inhospitable and dramatic research sites to witness first-hand the audacious physics experiments conducted to answer profound questions about the nature of the universe.

From the Atacama Desert in the Chilean Andes to the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope on Mount Paranal to deep inside an abandoned iron mine in Minnesota and to the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, Ananthaswamy weaves together stories about the people and places at the heart of this cosmological research.

While explaining the immense questions that scientists are trying to answer, Ananthaswamy provides an accessible and unique portrait of the universe and our quest to understand it. An atmospheric, engaging and illuminating read, The Edge of Physics depicts science as a human process and brings cosmology with all its rarefied concepts down to earth.

***PRAISE FOR THE EDGE OF PHYSICS***

‘A travelogue that celebrates the blood, sweat and tears that drive our understanding of the universe.’ Guardian

‘An excellent book. The author has a great knack of making difficult subjects comprehensible. I thoroughly enjoyed it.’ Sir Patrick Moore

‘A remarkable narrative that combines fundamental physics with high adventure.’ New Scientist

‘The ultimate physics-adventure travelogue… brilliant.’ Physics World

‘A grand tour of modern day cosmology’s sacred places… evocative… engaging… refreshing… a taste of science in the heroic mode.’ BBC Sky at Night

‘Clean, elegant prose, humming with interest.’ Robert MacFarlene

‘An accomplished and timely overview of modern cosmology and particle astrophysics.’ Nature