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Is the universe infinite or just really big With this uestion the gifted young cosmologist Janna Levin not only announces the central theme of her intriguing and controversial new book but establishes herself as one of the most direct and unorthodox voices in contemporary science For eve. In short Janna Levin explains scientific theory so well that she may have just changed my freakin life I m kidding Kind of But we ll get thereFirst Dimension this is an exceptionally lucid piece of writing Levin a cosmologist who here argues for a finite universe traces the lineage of her theory with remarkable logic clarity remarkable because for the first time I sort of understand general relativity No really guys this is big I love reading pop science but there are moments when my brain glazes over I ll tell myself I get the gist and just move on to the next idea Not so here anything Levin explained I actually got Sometimes it took a couple chapters but I ended the book with a clear concept of all topics theories discussed What the hellSecond Dimension this is a beautiful piece of writing Unsurprisingly A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines Levin s novel written a few years after this was published is stunning and one of my all time favourite books Both pieces show emotive intensity in the turns of phrase and juxtapositions both are rife with an awareness of the aesthetic Clear and also sparklingThird Dimension this is a literary piece of writing Near the end of Spots Levin suggests that art and science are linguistic expressions of the same human essence Hard to argue that This is structured as a series of diary entriesletters covering both personal and theoretical ground Each entry starts with a short anecdote sometimes shifted in time for the sake of logical flow that relates to the concept being discussed Though this could easily get kinda tired it doesn t it lends the less scientifically minded reader a foothold and humanizes the entire thing And that of course is key these big theories only matter if we care and you can t help but care about Levin s shaky uncertain journey through distance relationships and cosmology The rest follows And the last page is one of the best I ve read fiction or otherwise a literary ending if ever there was one but so perfectly aligned with the theory of time she d just wrapped up Life is an expression of something we can t yet fathomFourth Dimension this is writing that shows process In that artscience chapter Levin mentions Turing then Godel and connects them in a brief sentence Knowing what s to come ie Madman which fictionalized ly explores the lives of both HOW TOTALLY FRICKIN COOL Was that the genesis of the whole thing Had she already started Book 2 and just dropped a hindsight easter egg Just a coincidence Regardless process and method infuse this book logic and progression in theory from Newton to Einstein to Lee Smolin coming to terms and conclusions for Levin It s obvious but organic and it draws attention not only to how we structure our theories but our thoughtsFifth Dimension this is writing that inspires processThere s a thought experiment about fingers and dimensions here that I ve forced on everyone in the past two days General gist if you live perceive only in two dimensions and were to be shown three dimensional fingers you would not have the capacity to see that they are connected at the root up and down would be as alien to you as a fourth dimension is to us That does not however change that these fingers are connected to something much much larger individual expressions of a mammoth beingWithout getting into too much detail as I copied out a passage from this book several moments from my past clicked into place Reading Gravity s Rainbow and the conseuent spur towards literary academia A persistent adolescent obsession with theoretical physics string theory Jungian archetypes and my childhood love of mythology the Golden Thread Finding my first Steve Erickson which was actually my second because perception varies and the observer defines the moment And all of it coalescingI don t know enough about uantum mechanics physics string theory yet But I know there is something vibrating deeply and without pause and the connections are everywhereJanna Levin girl you re pulsing with thousands of them Anyone who needs some possibility radiated your way head hers Deception Island really big With this uestion the gifted young cosmologist Janna Levin not only announces the central theme of her intriguing and controversial new book but establishes herself as one of the most direct and unorthodox voices in contemporary science For eve. 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N as she sets out to determine how big “really big” may be Levin gives us an intimate look at the day to day life of a globe trotting physicist complete with jet lag and romantic disturbancesNimbly synthesizing geometry topology chaos and string theories Levin shows how the pattern o. You might have come across Janna Levin s How the Universe Got Its Spots the same way that I did by seeing it show up in io9 s 20 Science Books Every Scifi Fan and Writer Should Read or some such similar list of must read science books Of Levin s book io9 s Annalee Newitz writesLevin is a physicist who studies the origins of the universe and is also a writer whose language is both clear and poetic Something about cosmology invites poetic meditations and Levin manages to combine somewhat melancholy explorations of her own place in the universe with complicated physics formulas to create one of the most interesting books you ll ever readWhich is a pretty good characterization for 60 words What s left out of that 60 word characterization is that Levin like Smolin who happens to be a good friend of Levin s 1 waxes elegiac over the scientist s role in the life of science and science s role in the life of the scientist 2 Not that How the Universe Got Its Spots is some 200 plus page dirge of miserable introspection into a scientist s regret far from it Levin is engaged and enthusiastic about the science just as often as she is stymied and despondent What Levin gives us is a highly readable book half of it personal musings on her at times troubled life as a scientist and the other half a layman s terms explanation of modern cosmological research a treatise cast as a diary of letters to her mother and ultimately a book about topology s role in in cosmology asking one of the most difficult uestions facing physics Is the universe really infinite or just really big And if it isn t infinite what shape is it AN ASIDE ABOUT OUR COLLECTIVE OR MAYBE JUST MY PERSONAL FIXATION ON PHYSICS It is probably worth noting that no other science is really emblematic of The Whole Big Shebang of Science uite like physics Maybe we can blame Einstein for that good ol Albert Einstein The Einstein that gets mentioned in every modern book about physics all of them paying homage to his pivotal role in the discipline The Einstein whose crazy haired mustached visage shows up as the icon of science throughout 20th century popular culture The Einstein that seems infinitely uotable from his writings and instantly relatable from every anecdote ever told about him The Einstein who was maybe right about almost everything or almost right about maybe everything andbut definitely wrong about a few things because of not uite hubris but a kind of stubborn younger brother to it Making him all the relatable see he s just as fallible as usOr maybe we get stuck on physics when we get stuck on science because it s a the science of everything Physics the science that attempts to describe and explain the very very smallest things and thus must be in all other sciences Physics the science that attempts to describe and explain the very very largest things and thus must encompass all other sciences Physics indistinguishable from math to so many layman but also eually indistinguishable to those same layman from chemistry thus deriving biology psychology engineering Physics the seed for our science fiction fantasies of time travel of trans light speeds wormhole portals self organizing and self aware nanomachines etcYes indeed that physics END OF ASIDE A LITTLE MORE ABOUT LEVIN S BOOK One thing that separates Levin s book from so many other physics books that I ve read is its focus Feynman Greene Hawking and Smolin they all give us great books 3 but they re tackling so much arguably too much Physics without some dangling sub discipline of a ualifier is a big subject perhaps the biggest and broadest subject The best you could hope for in most cases is a halfway decent survey that glosses over the basics of the fundamentals If you re really ambitious you could spin this off into a discussion of your chosen specific area but if you re trying to keep the appeal of your book pretty broad read accessible to lay folk then you re almost certainly doomed to recounting a bunch of personal anecdotes that shed little if any useful light on the subject matterHow do you get around thatDo what Janna Levin did don t try to cover all of physics just focus on your area Even if your area is niche Especially if your area is nicheLevin still gives us what I ve come to think of as The Obligatory Digest of Modern Fundamental Physics that You Should Have Learned in College or Your Fancy High School but she glosses over some stuff covered in other Physics but Accessible for Laymen books and this is than just fine because every principle of physics that she describes is laser focused on getting to her points about infinities and about topology and how those fit in with cosmology and specifically how they fit in with her specific uestions about cosmology all of that is the universe finite and what exactly is the shape of the universe stuff It is all very endearing because she knows better than to bore her readers with every detail of modern physics those books are all already out there and instead she focuses on painting a vivid and fascinating picture of the known universe and asks one of those difficult andbut so obvious and yet so arcane uestions about that known universe You cannot help but get swept up in her prose 4 there is science but there is also a storyAnd there s where that star slips off the rating dropping from a full five to four Levin is such a great writer and her own story is so important to the telling of her cosmological tale and she is so articulate about the science but I could have used another fifty pages about that same science I was left with some unanswered uestions eg Tell me about your theories on the sizeshape of the universe and with that feeling that I was biting my tongue waiting for the other shoe to drop on string theory which gets a little lampooned over the whole no one knows what the M in M theory means thing but then also gets an obliue bye on a technicality related to the attractivenessconvenience of having so many dimensions 5Nutshell version Levin brought us a beautiful book about modern cosmology and about the life of a young scientist and I recommend it to everyone with even a passing interest in science and especially as a companion piece to Lee Smolin s The Trouble with Physics 1 Levin s and Smolin s book should be distributed as a box set The themes are so close and inform each other so well that you re really missing out if you don t put the messages of both books together2 And the scientist s loved ones3 I m being generous to Greene though really only the first third first half of The Elegant Universe is great the rest is basically navel gazing And Hawking s book borders on that a few times but is also mercifully much shorter than Greene s4 And that s what it is too prose Maybe she has some secret advantage over other physics writers Feynman was humorous Greene is lucid Hawking is accessible Smolin is cogent but only Levin is expressive enough to really have a physics book that also ualifies as having prose5 I ll spare readers of this review yet another of my rantingsravings about string theory I ll just recommend Smolin s The Trouble with Physics again And sure go for Greene s The Elegant Universe to get the whole picture but it is getting harder to convince me that string theorists have their collective shit together enough to deserve continued funding Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales (The Order of the Stick, romantic disturbancesNimbly synthesizing geometry topology chaos and string theories Levin shows how the pattern o. 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So Taboo! re The Fortune Teller (Constantin Vadim, really ambitious you could spin this off into a discussion of your chosen specific area but if you Secret Histories (Young Repairman Jack, re trying to keep the appeal of your book pretty broad Put Me On The Potty Mommy - A Kids Book On Potty Training The Fun Way read accessible to lay folk then you Galina re almost certainly doomed to You Cant See Your Bones With Binoculars recounting a bunch of personal anecdotes that shed little if any useful light on the subject matterHow do you get around thatDo what Janna Levin did don t try to cover all of physics just focus on your area Even if your area is niche Especially if your area is nicheLevin still gives us what I ve come to think of as The Obligatory Digest of Modern Fundamental Physics that You Should Have Learned in College or Your Fancy High School but she glosses over some stuff covered in other Physics but Accessible for Laymen books and this is than just fine because every principle of physics that she describes is laser focused on getting to her points about infinities and about topology and how those fit in with cosmology and specifically how they fit in with her specific uestions about cosmology all of that is the universe finite and what exactly is the shape of the universe stuff It is all very endearing because she knows better than to bore her جای خالی سلوچ readers with every detail of modern physics those books are all already out there and instead she focuses on painting a vivid and fascinating picture of the known universe and asks one of those difficult andbut so obvious and yet so arcane uestions about that known universe You cannot help but get swept up in her prose 4 there is science but there is also a storyAnd there s where that star slips off the বঙ্গবন্ধু শেখ মুজিবকে ঘিরে কিছু ঘটনা ও বাংলাদেশ rating dropping from a full five to four Levin is such a great writer and her own story is so important to the telling of her cosmological tale and she is so articulate about the science but I could have used another fifty pages about that same science I was left with some unanswered uestions eg Tell me about your theories on the sizeshape of the universe and with that feeling that I was biting my tongue waiting for the other shoe to drop on string theory which gets a little lampooned over the whole no one knows what the M in M theory means thing but then also gets an obliue bye on a technicality Santé et Longévité : Par les plus récentes avancées médico-scientifiques issues des recherches de Mirko Beljanski related to the attractivenessconvenience of having so many dimensions 5Nutshell version Levin brought us a beautiful book about modern cosmology and about the life of a young scientist and I Historys Naughty Bits recommend it to everyone with even a passing interest in science and especially as a companion piece to Lee Smolin s The Trouble with Physics 1 Levin s and Smolin s book should be distributed as a box set The themes are so close and inform each other so well that you Triukšmas ir įniršis re Below the Surface (Code of Silence, really missing out if you don t put the messages of both books together2 And the scientist s loved ones3 I m being generous to Greene though Linspired really only the first third first half of The Elegant Universe is great the Fogging Over (Angels Unlimited, rest is basically navel gazing And Hawking s book borders on that a few times but is also mercifully much shorter than Greene s4 And that s what it is too prose Maybe she has some secret advantage over other physics writers Feynman was humorous Greene is lucid Hawking is accessible Smolin is cogent but only Levin is expressive enough to The Rose of Fire (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, really have a physics book that also ualifies as having prose5 I ll spare Lions Arent Scared of Shots readers of this Crunch! 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  • How the Universe Got Its Spots Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space
  • Janna Levin
  • English
  • 11 May 2018
  • 9781400032723

About the Author: Janna Levin

Janna Levin a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University holds a BA in Physics and Astronomy with a concentration in Philosophy from Barnard College of Columbia University and a PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Her scientific research mainly centers around the Early Universe Chaos and Black HolesDr Levin's first book Ho



10 thoughts on “How the Universe Got Its Spots Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space

  1. says:

    This book is pretty easy to read There is some geometry but almost no formulas; the reading level is like Scientific American The author is a ma

  2. says:

    I thought this little primer on physics was perfectly delightful I've never seen anyone explain physics in uite this way before but it was absol

  3. says:

    In short Janna Levin explains scientific theory so well that she may have just changed my freakin life I'm kidding Kind of

  4. says:

    My family has a joke that there are three kinds of math Math hard math and math that will make you cry I for one crashed and burned spectacularly on the easy end of hard math But this doesn’t mean that I don’t want to

  5. says:

    You might have come across Janna Levin's How the Universe Got Its Spots the same way that I did—by seeing it sho

  6. says:

    If the title sounds clever and you're not sure why it's a play on Rudyard Kipling's tale of How the Leopard Got Its Spots The answer to that uestion is mentioned in passing in this book there is differentiation in the concentration of chemicals bathing the leopard's skin in utero The universe also has spots which is to say that there is some lumpiness although not nearly so much as you would think from your day to day

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    This was great Specialized but illuminating she explains just what she needs to in order to make her specialty clear The personalprofessional details give an interesting and heartfelt picture of an academic life

  8. says:

    This is probably one of the most uniue pop sci books I've ever read—Janna Levin a cosmologist who theorizes on the topology and geometry of the universe and who advances the idea that the universe is finite writes of the science behind rela

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    Originally published on my blog here in October 2002It is not generally speaking usual for modern science books to be concerned with the private lives of their authors even though it is inevitable that the scientific work that they have done will have been influenced by this This is a result of the idea that sc

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    Review from 2011 I have missed reading cosmology Levin does the obligatory catching the reader up to speed that every book on theoretical physics must dutifully accomplish but she doesn't approach her review in the usual linear way which was refreshing So much information here both history of science and new ish as of 2000 2002 dark matter or dark energy not discussed Maybe Levin is not the most elegant writer

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