I'm currently reading Amanda Gefter's Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn: A father, a daughter, the meaning of nothing, and the beginning of everything.
First observation: Holy cow, book subtitles are getting LONG.
anyway. I had hoped it would be a readable, layperson-friendly
discussion of the cosmological questions that interest me (where did the
universe come from? how do we know? what is all this stuff that
surrounds us--matter, dark energy, etc.?). So far, it has been just what
I'd hoped, though I'm only a quarter of the way in. So far, Amanda
Gefter is doing a great job at explaining some very difficult material.
I'm understanding this stuff better than I ever have before. (Also,
she's not afraid to throw in some funny remarks, which helps.)
questions, these issues, have long interested me, but delving more than
an inch deep into them requires one to tangle with physics, my least
favorite of the sciences. In physics, things get weird:
counterintuitive, complicated, difficult to imagine or even approach. We
have to deal with all sorts of forces and objects we've never seen with
our own eyes: quarks, gluons, and so forth. We are trying to understand
everything, and nothing, and how everything came from nothing (or did
It feels like a good time to grapple with such big, universal (in more ways than one) ideas.