Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos: The Story of the Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe

Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos: The Story of the Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe

In southern California, nearly a half century ago, a small band of researchers -- equipped with a new 200-inch telescope and a faith born of scientific optimism -- embarked on the greatest intellectual adventure in the history of humankind: the search for the origin and fate of the universe. Their quest would eventually engulf all of physics and astronomy, leading not only In southern California, nearly a half century ago, a small band of researchers -- equipped with a new 200-inch telescope ...

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Title:Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos: The Story of the Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe
Author:Dennis Overbye
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Genres:Science
ISBN:Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos: The Story of the Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos: The Story of the Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe Reviews

  • Becca
    Feb 28, 2007
    Amazing book by Overbye, who can make any subject, no matter how dry it seems, grab you and suck you right in. I highly recommend this to anyone insterested in not only astrophysics, but in the history of that branch of science, and the amazing people who have made pioneering discoveri...
  • Elizabeth
    Dec 22, 2007
    Oh the drama of studying the universe. A must read for anyone interested in the history of cosmology and astrophysics. Overbye becomes one of the scientists, wrapped up in the wonder and also the petty and career-breaking arguments. There are a number of great lines, and if you make it...
  • Steven
    May 11, 2009
    I read this years ago and it was a terrific overview of the development of astronomy during the 20th century. The book discusses the "physical astronomers" (those that use the telescopes to study the universe) and the "theoretical astronomers" (those that their conception of the univer...
  • Danelley
    Apr 05, 2008
    This is the best book I read in 2003/2004 while I was at UC Irvine! This book kept me sane and laughing! I loved reading it in a good bubble bath. This author is amazing and endowed many of the astronomy and cosmology greats of yesteryear with many down-to-earth, "human" characteristic...
  • A.
    Apr 29, 2009
    A great book, giving much knowledge about the evolution of the universe, and people who took much interest in finding the mystery surrounding the universe.. ...
  • Chris
    Sep 23, 2008
    Best book ever, my astro prof recommended it to me, it's our cosmology class reading. It's very awesome, and densely written. A lot of twist and turns. A lot of physicist jokes, a lot of science crazies, a lot of up and down, a lot of inquiring minds, a lot of philosophy and science de...
  • Davecapp
    Sep 27, 2014
    One of the most interesting and thought provoking books I've read Ina very long time. And this review is being written 22 years after my first reading. For those fascinated by science - not just the answers, but the search, the personalities and the process that all happens in the back...
  • Dan
    May 03, 2016
    Ignore the silly title and note the subtitle. This is a good overview of the efforts over the last century to find out what the universe is, how it began and how it evolved. The author tells the story of the men and women who devoted their careers to this quest: astronomers, cosmologis...
  • Ashley
    Aug 13, 2013
    Rec'd by Mike. ...
  • Maria
    Jan 15, 2015
    I started reading this at the same time as I was starting a university course on cosmology. It was the perfect introduction to get an overview of what the big issues have been ? and still are ? in cosmology, see which scientists have been involved and how the field has progressed. ...
  • Converse
    Mar 30, 2010
    A gossipy history of cosmology from about 1945 to mid- 1980s. Surprisingly outdated by developments since then the book was published in 1001; though the issue of dark matter and superstrings remain relevant. Also shows great technical developments since WWII in astronomy ...
  • Nyla Bright
    Sep 29, 2018
    I wish I could recommend this book but the underlying bias towards the accomplishments of the men is unmistakable. Further, what few women are allowed to appear in the history are treated dismissively and shockingly briefly. There were armies of women behind the math of most of the ear...
  • DH Parsons
    Feb 01, 2011
    Very good. Couldn't put it down. If anyone is an Astronomy buff this is the one for you. ...
  • Christina
    Aug 29, 2010
    This was out of print for a while, but this pic is different from the one on my cover so maybe it's back. A captivating read that helped me understand cosmology and quantum physics, while being entertained by the zany scientist personalities involved. ...
  • Chrisf
    Feb 16, 2015
    This is a truly incredible book. A life changer for me. ...
  • Trish
    Feb 06, 2016
    Four stars only because of its publication date; I haven't found anything comparable yet that covers the 21st century. If you love the subject but your formal science education stopped before 1985, this book will fill in the gaps and introduce you to some fascinating personalities in t...
  • Ian Durham
    Aug 03, 2011
    An amazing biography of an entire field of research. ...
  • Mark
    Nov 07, 2011
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  • Bob
    Dec 30, 2017
    Post WWII cosmology is a great subject and adding personalities to the science makes brings it to life. Lonely Hearts is a frustrating, irritating book. We'd be better off if someone else would have written this -- Marcia Bartusiak, for one. If only the editors would have imposed some ...
  • Bill
    Sep 15, 2013
    I'd never thought much about astronomy and the cosmos before I read this book. I was inspired to look for observatories near me that I could look through. ...
  • Jay
    Jan 15, 2014
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  • stephanieisabookworm
    Jul 02, 2013
    This is a fantastic book for anyone interested in cosmology. I read it for a class this semester and it was not only informative but also easy and interesting to read. It is well-written and crafts an interesting narrative and cast of characters to explain modern cosmology. ...
  • Judy
    Nov 05, 2012
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  • Linda Beeman
    May 12, 2013
    One of the most thrilling and challenging books I've ever read. Overbye is Deputy Science Editor at the NY Times. He describes the work of astrophysicists and cosmologists via portraits of giants in the field -- from Hubble to Hawking. There are sections I'll probably be rereading y...
  • Patrick Lueck
    Aug 23, 2016
    Written in 1991, so a lot is missing... the new, pinned down age of the Universe, the implications of dark matter...and discovery of the presence of repulsive energy... BUT..outstanding book that explores the personal stories of important cosmological work...AND..a great exploration...
  • Karen Saucedo
    Jul 12, 2013
    So informative on the early days of astronomy, the techniques, the main players, the egos. A terrific read. I've read it twice, already, cover to cover. ...
  • Conor Greaney
    Jul 30, 2013
    An excellent book in all ways. Overbye humanizes a field which often seems cold and distant, and tells the tale of the men and women who have developed the field of astronomy. At the same time, this book provides an excellent overview of cosmology itself in terms everyone can understan...
  • Sebastien
    Jul 18, 2014
    Brilliant book to get acquainted to cosmology questions, even thought it is pretty hardcore sometimes. Mandatory reading if you don't want to be just a wanderer. ...
  • Leah
    Jan 15, 2015
    This is one of very few non-fiction books I like. It is part biography, part history, and part science explainer, and all of the parts work well together. ...
  • Chris
    Jun 06, 2019
    3/10 This is not for the average reader. I would advise only those with a strong cosmology background to read it. I had a very difficult time keeping up at all. The book builds upon itself throughout, so if you miss something, you'll be lost for most or all of the book. To furthe...