A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty

Dave Goldberg

Associate Professor of Physics
Department of Physics


If you head off in a spaceship traveling at nearly the speed of light, what horrors await you when you return? Can you change reality just by looking at it? Is it possible to build a Star Trek–type transporter or a working time machine? Why would we build a billion-dollar particle accelerator that Nostradamus and the Mayan calendar have clearly predicted will destroy Earth? Can you be in two places at once? Or three? Or three thousand? If you, or someone you know, live in the universe, you can't afford to remain in ignorance any longer. You need to know the answers to these questions—and most of them will surprise you.

In A User's Guide to the Universe, physicists Dave Goldberg and Jeff Blomquist make good on two promises: you'll get answers and you won't have to decipher any equations to understand them. (Well, maybe just one very short and very familiar equation.)

This quirky and fun book takes you on a fascinating tour of the universe as we know it by asking (and answering) weird and provocative questions on subjects as diverse as special relativity, quantum mechanics, randomness, time travel, the expanding universe, and much more.

About Dr. Goldberg

Dr. Goldberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Director of Undergraduate Studies. His research includes Theoretical and observational cosmology, Gravitational lensing, Popular science writing.

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