Cosm[Read] ➵ Cosm Author Gregory Benford – Numa experiência ambiciosa feita com euipamento científico de alta tecnologia algo corre mal Uma intensa explosão destroi todo o euipamento deixando atrás de si apenas destroços Para a jovem e br Numa experiência ambiciosa feita com euipamento científico de alta tecnologia algo corre mal Uma intensa explosão destroi todo o euipamento deixando atrás de si apenas destroços Para a jovem e brilhante física ue dirige a experiência parece lhe uma calamidade Mas em breve esta calamidade será encarada como uma das descobertas mais importantes da HistóriaA explosão deixa algo para trás Uma misteriosa esfera feita de uma matéria ue a ciência desconhece Em breve tornar se á claro ue esta desvenda um universo completamente diferente Um Cosmos recém nascido cuja existência irá fazer estremecer os alicerces do conhecimento e a teoria da formação do universo Terá sido também o nosso universo o resultado de uma experiência mal sucedidaUma obra ue nos conduz numa extraordinária viagem ao conhecimento explorando ideias na fronteira da compreensão humana e colocando uestões profundas sobre a Criação o destino da humanidade e o mistério da condição de ser DeusGregory Benford é professor de física na Universidade da Califórnia em Irvine É membro da Woodrow Wilson Fellow e representante convidado dessa sociedade na Universidade de Cambridge e em recebeu o Prémio Lord por descobertas no campo da ciência A sua pesuisa tem como base a teoria e as experiências nos campos da astrofísica como a física de plasma A sua ficção valeu lhe muitos prémios incluindo o Prémio Nebula para o seu romance Timescape Com Cosm este físico romancista aponta o seu espírito perspicaz na direcção do ue aconteceu antes do tempo da criação e revela algumas das coisas ue poderíamos encontrar Marvin Minsky Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts. Cosm is a really cool science fictional idea 5 stars grafted onto a mediocre love story 2 stars and flavored with a dollop each of ethnic and gender diversity E for effort all set against a realistic backdrop of contemporary academic strife and scientific process 4 stars This tale would have worked much better as a novelette but strung out to novel length it seemed to drag a bit I'm averaging it out to an overall 3 star rating Considering I spent the whole day reading to finish this book this review is probably far from being objectiveI did some research and apparently this book is not among the bests of the author and partially I can understand why It narrates the discovery of a weird object in an experiment and how the discoverer tries to find out what on earth is it and how it works It was interesting to see science fiction narrated from another point of view making it believable The discoverer a physicist from UCI lives through university stuff bureaucracy and the perks of being a black woman in the fieldAlthough this book was published in 1998 the author says he finished writing it in 1997 setting the novel in 2005 This fact is noted in details but not that much I think it was a good idea to set the future not so far awayBut It wasn't really my cup of tea It was maybe a little too detailed in physics While I enjoy the field I wanted some read fast don't think book and that's the reason I didn't enjoy it that much I like a good hard sci fi yarn but there are limitsReams of dry abstruse physics theory though certainly lending an air of authenticity to the concept does not an entertaining read make Reading this novel felt like attending a lecture than it did entertainmentSimilarly the minutiae of day to day life of university research staff and the culture they inhabit is not of sufficient interest to warrant the level of detail gone into by the author who apparently has a personal axe to grind with legal and administrativeFinally too much is made of the fact that the main character is a black woman and some of the characterisation and dialogue attributed to her during her uest for a hot date on the singles scene is truly toe curlingly cringe worthyIn short you'd be better off just reading the blurb on the dust jacket; it tells exactly the same story but takes around 400 less pages to do so This is a fun science fiction novel; my favorite type something of a detective story A new object suddenly just shows up in a particle accelerator and much of the story is taken up in trying to figure out exactly what it is Lots of laboratory and academic politics are stirred in for good measure While the main character always seems to do the wrong thing it turns out retrospectively to have been exactly the right thing to do As the author is a physicist the explanations come across as uite believable though improbable The insights into a physicist's personality are very believable and help the story immensely I really wanted to like this book The idea is great an unknown sphere showing up in a lab experiment great However the rest of the story is pathetic Why this male author thought hecould tell the story from the point of view of a black woman scientist I have no idea He couldn't I grabbed a whole stack of books which my Dad was going to throw away This was one of them The science was interesting enough to make me curious to know how it ended but the poor attempts at philosophy religion romance and even a lame action seuence that never went anywhere really made this a poor book It was also a bit dated being published in 1998 Oddly the story is set in 2005 not sure why that would be But some of the experiments done in the story which I imagine were just theory at the time were just recently attempted at the big superconducter in Switzerland So unless you are a huge and I mean HUGE fan of uantum physics and the creation of a new universe I would skip this book I'm sure there's got to be a better novel out there about this topic I really really wanted to like this book The premise was interesting and new and a few moments in the book were truly inspired I suppose Benford wanted to tell the story of a sardonic young professor's personal growth over a backdrop of what was probably supposed to be a symbolic mysterious objectThe good parts couldn't outweigh the love story that never uite feels relevant or the endless musings over race and gender that never seem to affect the plot as much as one would think they could Those themes actually detracted from the science fiction parts of the story and by the time I got halfway through the book I found myself just trying to get it done with so that I could move on to the next thing in my pile Very compelling I guess because I was interested to see what he would do with the Cosm as it developed Characters are fairly believable and the central science makes good fictionOne niggle from page 253 The car took off with a surge but no roar and suealing of brakes Huh? How does anyone interested in how the world works not understand the basics of cars? This is especially puzzling given what he wrote on page 257 the car burned rubber getting away So it would seem he knows that tires experience a lot of friction under hard acceleration yet And why didn't anyone else catch that along the way? There are very few typos so it seems likely someone else edited the novel On page 143 the author writes” “The ship of theory could set sail on tides of mathematical grandeur and hope alone but only data could fill its sails” This example is but one of many phrasesdescriptionssummary of the science which has gone on and unfolds FURTHUR in this book the book is FULL of interpretations and allusions to and of and because of the scientific method – and at times early on in the reading one may wonder if there is a story actually being told Of course there is Somewhat slow to unfold but unfold it must – all the way to the conclusion However the story telling is on a somewhat similar pace as the unfolding revealing of it’s “secrets” of the Object of this tale Our us on Earth experiencing a complacent passage of time while in the other universe time passes at an increasingly exponential paceSeemingly coincidental after having read COSM I also finished a ScientificAmerican article – “Escape from a Black Hole” Dec 2019 I would not be surprised if Dr Benford is acuainted with the author Dr Steven Giddings UC Santa Barbara Dr Giddings posits that perhaps an improved uantum theory which finally can unify uantum mechanics and gravity will shed light so to speak on the uandary of information being able to escape a black hole Or not Somehow semi simultaneously reading these two separate pieces of literature seemed related For many of those who’ve read COSM the physics described in what I think is plausible detail is somewhat overwhelming daunting I graduated with a BS in Physics “way back when” 1977 when the idea of fractional charge particles with plus or negative electric charges less than the standard proton or neutron was starting to gain traction That and un related the geological idea of plate tectonics was just beginning to emerge and solidify out of the “fringe” adherents into the mainstream Yeah I digress at one time I would have almost fully understood Benford’s physics explanations in this book More and I say to myself “I used to know that” Still interesting to have been in my own very small way involved with science during a revolutionary period so to speak One of my Professors Dr Bill Fairbank with whom I “partied” and sometimes hung out with his father same name but Dr F Sr conducted 'early' experiments and discoveries involving the “uark” and other topics in low temperature physics etc Yeah that’s OLD news now And Dr B might have known Dr F Sr Stanford? Dr B knows and loves “his stuff” and it was a pleasure to go along for this ride This book reminded me of the reasons I enjoy reading hard science fiction It seemed smart grounded in reality without smothering itself in it and a joy to read I even liked and to a limited extent identified with the characters Wow it's been a whileEven though the book is two decades old and I fear it's been hiding on my shelf for most of that period it still rings up to date as long as you ignore the years At the time it was published it was a near future book and now it's kind of recent alternative pastIn a physics experiment gone slightly askew a small globe appears Over a period of months it becomes apparent that it seems to be another universe or at least a glimpse into one Fascinating as that is and I found it so this book is as much about the physicist whose experiment brings the item about and her actions guarding and watching it with the help of graduate students and a theoretical physicist from a nearby universityIn fact the book is almost as much about Dr Alicia Butterworth Butterworth? Really? university politics scientific infighting politics and the reactions of the American public as it is about the little universe itself And that's what makes the book seem almost like a plain old novel not just a science fiction novel