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Cosm (English Edition) von [Benford, Gregory]
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Alicia Butterworth is a physicist from U.C. Irvine who's trying to re-create the conditions that existed just before the big bang using the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider on Long Island. Something goes wrong during one of the collider runs, and part of the machine explodes, leaving behind a strange metallic sphere. Butterworth sneaks the object back to Irvine, where she and a colleague determine that what they have on their hands is a window into a miniature universe, or cosm. The cosm is evolving far faster than our own universe, giving Butterworth a ringside seat as the history of creation replays itself. Her theft turns out to be just the start of what, at times, is a boisterous adventure as she becomes ensnared in the intrigue of cloistered academic and scientific circles.

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'Benford is a scientist who writes with verve and insight not only about black holes and cosmic strings but about human desires and fears' - NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW 'At last we have a book that takes the lid off the ways scientific research is really done...COSM adds a whole new dimension to current discussions about the fundamental nature of our universe' Michael Hawkins, author of Hunting Down the Universe

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1166 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 388 Seiten
  • Verlag: Gateway (29. September 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005HRT73C
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.7 von 5 Sternen 35 Kundenrezensionen
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Von Ein Kunde am 12. Januar 1999
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I am actually quite angry about this book. I initially put off buying it because of the mixed reviews, even though I knew that eventually I would have to read it. After all, the whole premise of the book is just so wonderfully exciting. So, I finally broke down and bought the book and started to read it. And found out why so many reviews were negative. The ideas presented in this book are so exciting and mind boggling that it is almost impossible to render them in a way that bores the reader. Yet Benford manages to do so. Because his characters are boring, and he goes far too deeply into their equally boring private lives, about which the reader has no interest. As long as he is talking about the "Cosm", as long as he is explaining the science involved in the story, everything is fine. But he keeps going off on these tangents, probably trying to personalize the story and give his characters some life and depth. I,for one,didn't care at all about the people, but was skipping pages to get more information about the Cosm. Unfortunately, very little was forthcoming. Benford should have written this book in the first person rather than trying to inject reality into a female black physicist. He isn't a woman and he isn't black, and his character has not enough reality nor depth to hold our interest. She doesn't even really get excited about creating a universe in a lab! She is not authentic, and all of the attempts to detail her personal life are a waste of time. I really wanted to like this book. The ideas presented are so interesting and so wonderful, it is a real pity that so much time was spent pursuing the throwaway characters instead of the really important ideas, which are crying out for concentrated discussion and exploration. As Michael Crichton and others have demonstrated, if your ideas are good enough, your story will be carried on the strength of those alone. Character development is not needed, but Idea development is.
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'Cosm' is indeed cosmic reading. Gregory Benford once again displays his mastery at flawlessly merging science fact with fiction while tackling questions that scientists eternally ponder. The main characters live on well after one puts down the book. It is quite easy to identify with Alicia and cohorts as they could easily exist today in a particle physics laboratory . The impenatrable Cosm represents the common view many hold of the cold, selfish, and completely objective to a fault scientist. Alicia and Max are eventually able to peer through the Cosm while at the same time looking inward exposing feelings and emotions that would be dangerous to one's career. Benford is so skillful at his craft that it becomes easy to believe that the reader is involved in an account of a factual event. Only a writer with a firm grasp of cutting edge quantum physics could pull this off. A rating of '10' was considered but I made the mistake of reading Benford's earlier 'Timescape' prior to 'Cosm'. It is difficult for a writer to top a masterpiece, but Gregory Benford comes very close with 'Cosm'.
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An original, believable novel about a small-particle researcher who discovers a strange, new object during an experiment with a particle accelerator. Hell...that sounds like a story-line only a hard-core geek could get off on....but Cosm is a very entertaining book in a genre which...if it hasn't grabbed me in the first twenty pages....I give it the flick. I read the whole 370-odd pages...(and that hasn't happened since Sagan's "Contact") The dialog is a strong point...witty, in parts down-right funny. There are no long winded rambles on the nobility of researchers delving into the unknown for totally self-less reasons etc...but the laboratory techniques of a working researcher are believable (to this reader at least) and some fascinating ideas about the evolution of our universe are conveyed; information on the working lives of the scientific community, particularly those involved in small-particle research is convincing. Greg Benford has put in the hard yards of research before he put pen to paper here. A darn good read.
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As a woman PhD physicist, who worked in academia and government labs, I REALLY identified with Benford's black superwoman, superhero, hard-nosed but soft hearted physicist, who is too busy teaching and making her name in science to get a love life (which, true to life, comes to her eventually through working on physics with fellow physicists).The science fiction flows smoothly out of science fact, the coast- to-coast settings and characters are all too familiar and true to style in this near-term future, whether it's the UC or Caltech faculty, students and administrators, or whether it's at the Brookhaven accelerator; and federal officials are still the BAD GUYS. As a Benford fan of long standing, I found this novel to have more depth, more character development, more plotline and more fun: it's a good read for all and any science or SciFi lovers...I give it an easy high five!
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Von Ein Kunde am 15. April 1999
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Gregory Benford's COSM was a very fun book to read. Benford described the politics of academia quite well and without sounding petty. In addition, his presentation of the 'pocket universe' was very interesting and well described for those of us who do not have Ph.D.s in physics. Of course I expect such expertise from Benford and don't think I can add anything to the comments by such luminaries as Marvin Minsky and Freeman Dyson that appear on the dust cover. The book has some weaknesses, however. Benford's ambitious attempt to get into the mind of a black female fell a little short. He relied on stereotypes and ignored many racial issues, justifying his choices by calling his protagonist a scientist and thus outside of racial (and most sexual) issues. Overall, this is a good and pleasant read, but mainly for the science, not for the main character.
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