How to Build a Universe: An Infinite Monkey Cage Adventure

How to Build a Universe: An Infinite Monkey Cage Adventure

The Infinite Monkey Cage, the legendary BBC Radio 4 programme, brings you this irreverent celebration of scientific marvels. Join us on a hectic leap through the grand and bizarre ideas conjured up by human imagination, from dark matter to consciousness via neutrinos and earthworms.Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince muse on multifaceted subjects involved in building a...

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Title:How to Build a Universe: An Infinite Monkey Cage Adventure
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  • Chris Harris

    An absolute delight. The good-humoured nature of the radio show translates easily to print, and Robin and Brian manage to start bickering through the medium of footnotes almost immediately.

    This is a joyful and enthusiastic celebration of science that will present you with all sorts of thought-provoking material, such as explaining how the observable universe, whilst only being 13.8 billion years old, manages to be currently some 93 billion light years across.

    And yes, the question of whether st

    An absolute delight. The good-humoured nature of the radio show translates easily to print, and Robin and Brian manage to start bickering through the medium of footnotes almost immediately.

    This is a joyful and enthusiastic celebration of science that will present you with all sorts of thought-provoking material, such as explaining how the observable universe, whilst only being 13.8 billion years old, manages to be currently some 93 billion light years across.

    And yes, the question of whether strawberries ever die rumbles on...

  • Michael Legge

    Shame he dies in the end.

  • Erin

    There were times this made my eyes cross. But it was really really funny, and I wish I remembered all the really good quotes so that I could throw them in this review.

    Yes, I am a Prof Brian Cox fan, so listening to his dulcet tones was quite enjoyable. The other cohort was a bit more brash, and I found myself turning the audio down a bit because it was too jarring compared to Brian.

    It brought a tear to my eye finishing listening to this on the day Professor Stephen Hawkin

    There were times this made my eyes cross. But it was really really funny, and I wish I remembered all the really good quotes so that I could throw them in this review.

    Yes, I am a Prof Brian Cox fan, so listening to his dulcet tones was quite enjoyable. The other cohort was a bit more brash, and I found myself turning the audio down a bit because it was too jarring compared to Brian.

    It brought a tear to my eye finishing listening to this on the day Professor Stephen Hawking died, especially as they quoted him in this.

    Also, reading this on Pie day was amusing.

    I wish this was a better review than it is, because it deserves much more. All I can say is I really enjoyed it.

  • G.R. Matthews

    I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I've decided to leave my current employment and attend university to get my BSc and then Phd in particle physics... might have to study maths a bit first, but I am sure it will be fine!

    The whole thing is written in engaging prose and simple enough that even I understood some of it... might need to read it all a few times more to truly grasp a few more bits.

  • Melinda

    If you are a fan of Brian Cox, and you havent listened to him doing the Infinite Monkey Cage series - you should. And if you are a fan and you are already enthralled with Infinite Monkey Cage series - then you should know how much of a hoot this book is going to be!!! Physics, humour, questions, craziness - all wrapped up for the dedicated non-science lay person. Good stuff.

  • Robin

    I really enjoyed this book

  • VanessaRC

    It's a collection of snippets regarding different science topics seen or analized from different lenses. It may not be groundbreaking, but it brings the user closer to several different topics and laws of physics and chemistry while being very amusing and easy to follow. It's a fast and nice read.

  • Simon Fletcher

    An enjoyable lark of a read. Great for dipping in and out of. Ince provides the light relief to Cox's sometimes ponderous text.

  • Aimee

    I love podcasts and I'm a sucker for those inevitable Christmas tie-in books, especially if (like this one) they are available as audiobooks. This one was a lot more dry than usual IMC episodes though, especially the section on building a universe which was hard to follow (to be fair I tend to listen to books while driving so I wasn't giving it my full attention). Overall though it was good, with some interesting details of behind-the-scenes physics arguments between Brian and Robin.

  • Jo

    I try to read something sciency every now and again because it's not a subject I'm terribly good with and I hope to attempt to educate myself. This was a great book for doing that although some of the particle physics went over my head.

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