Tweeting the Universe by Govert Schilling
Very Short Courses on Very Big Ideas. Marcus Chown, Govert Schilling

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In 140 pages, two masterly popularisers present 140 explanations of the biggest questions in physics - in the form of 10 or so tweets per page. They set themselves the challenge of boiling down what is essential on each subject into sentences of 140 characters, and the results are both entertaining and brilliantly informative. Not a word is wasted. The reader is not patronized and learns something on every page. If only all science writing could be so precise and so economical.

Only science writers of a very high calibre could achieve such compression. Marcus Chown - 'the finest cosmology writer of our day' (Matt Ridley) - has known the Dutch writer Govert Schilling for twenty years. Schilling pioneered this very swift form of explanation in a Dutch newspaper, and suggested to Chown that they collaborate on bringing it to a wider audience. Tweeting the Universe is unlike any other science book.


About Govert Schilling

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Marcus Chown is the author of the bestselling Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You, The Never Ending Days of Being Dead and The Magic Furnace. He is the cosmology consultant for New Scientist. He also wrote The Solar System, the bestselling app for iPad, which won the Future Book Award 2011. Govert Schilling has published widely on astronomical topics. Three of his books have been translated into English: The Hunt for Planet X, Evolving Cosmos and Flash!. The International Astronomical Union named Asteroid 10986 Govert after him in recognition of his work on popularizing science.
Published November 1, 2011 by Faber & Faber Non Fiction. 320 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Why Niebuhr Now? by John Patrick Diggins, Tweeting the Universe by Marcus Chown & Govert Schilling and A Brief History of Biographies by Andrew Brown

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The Space Review

(To help promote the book, the authors have published several sample chapters as actual tweets from their Twitter accounts.) If you’re not familiar with Twitter, the writing style in the book can be a little jarring.

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