The Zoomable Universe

The Zoomable Universe

An Epic Tour Through Cosmic Scale, From Almost Everything to Nearly Nothing

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An epic, full-color visual journey through all scales of the universe

In The Zoomable Universe , the award-winning astrobiologist Caleb Scharf and the acclaimed artist Ron Miller take us on an epic tour through all known scales of reality, from the largest possible magnitude to the smallest. Drawing on cutting-edge science, they begin at the limits of the observable universe, a scale spanning 10^27 meters--about 93 billion light-years. And they end in the subatomic realm, at 10^-35 meters, where the fabric of space-time itself confounds all known rules of physics. In between are galaxies, stars and planets, oceans and continents, plants and animals, microorganisms, atoms, and much, much more. Stops along the way--all enlivened by Scharf's sparkling prose and his original insights into the nature of our universe--include the brilliant core of the Milky Way, the surface of a rogue planet, the back of an elephant, and a sea of jostling quarks.

The Zoomable Universe is packed with more than 100 original illustrations and infographics that will captivate readers of every age. It is a whimsical celebration of discovery, a testament to our astounding ability to see beyond our own vantage point and chart a course from the farthest reaches of the cosmos to its subatomic depths--in short, a must-have for the shelves of all explorers.

Publisher: New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374715717
Characteristics: xi, 206 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Miller, Ron 1947-- Illustrator


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Jan 21, 2018

An excellent book.
You may want to read it more than once.
You may be very tempted to use it as a guide to further explore the many topics using the Internet - this is where the second or third reading would come in.
There are also notes on each chapter at the end of the book.

Wonderfully done..

SkokieStaff_Steven Nov 27, 2017

If you have a hankering to ponder the immensity of the universe in slack-jawed amazement or wish to contemplate astonishingly large numbers that have nothing to do with unfunded pension liabilities, I have just the book for you. It is Caleb Scharf’s “The Zoomable Universe: An Epic Tour through Cosmic Scale, from Almost Everything to Nearly Nothing.” Reading this book with its gorgeous illustrations and wealth of well-designed infographics is like walking through the coolest science museum exhibit ever. (I’ve actually done something like this in the American Museum of Natural History’s "Scales of the Universe" hall. This book is much cheaper than a trip to NYC.) One of the book’s main points is just how much emptiness there is in the universe, something that anyone who’s ever driven through Nebraska can relate to. Best of all, the book is easily to comprehend, at least until Scharf reaches the quantum realm and then descends into gibberish, but this is hardly his fault. I even enjoyed reading the book’s notes, something I almost never do because, well, I have better uses for my time. This book will now be my go-to science book recommendation along with Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything.”


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