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Stephen Hoye

Author of Flags of Our Fathers

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Works by Stephen Hoye

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Fahrenheit 451 (1953) — Narrator, some editions — 54,401 copies
The Martian Chronicles (1950) — Narrator, some editions — 16,759 copies
The Killer Angels (1974) — Narrator, some editions — 8,846 copies
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (2010) — Narrator, some editions — 5,086 copies
Seventh Son (1987) — Narrator, some editions — 4,590 copies
Flags of Our Fathers (2000) — Narrator, some editions — 3,914 copies
In the Company of the Courtesan (2006) — Narrator, some editions — 2,877 copies
Alvin Journeyman (1995) — Narrator, some editions — 2,621 copies
Earth Unaware (2012) — Narrator, some editions — 1,113 copies
Earth Afire (2013) — Narrator, some editions — 790 copies
Earth Awakens (2014) — Narrator, some editions — 612 copies
Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne (2009) — Narrator, some editions — 567 copies
The Bellini Card (2008) — Narrator, some editions — 453 copies
Dragon Age: The Calling (2009) — Narrator, some editions — 419 copies
The Swarm: The Second Formic War (Volume 1) (2016) — Narrator, some editions — 391 copies
The Aftermath (2007) — Narrator, some editions — 269 copies
10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America (2006) — Reader, some editions — 195 copies
The Sam Gunn Omnibus (2007) — Narrator, some editions — 174 copies
Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet (2012) — Narrator, some editions — 141 copies
V Wars: Blood and Fire: New Stories of the Vampire Wars (2014) — Narrator, some editions — 29 copies

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It's been fun, over the past few years, reading accounts of recent developments in physics, astronomy, and cosmology. The universe doesn't look the way we thought it did at the start of the 20th century. There are many galaxies, not just one. The universe is expanding. There doesn't appear to be enough matter--enough ordinary matter--to keep the galaxies together, and the rate at which the universe is expanding appears to be accelerating.

The explanations offered for these last two developments are dark matter and dark energy. In this case, "dark" merely means that we do not have the faintest idea what they really are. We can't detect them. They don't seem to interact with ordinary matter at all. Except they hold galaxies together and expand the universe...

Dark matter and dark energy are hypotheses that explain the observed facts, but so far there's no direct evidence for either. Stuart Clark discusses the problems with this, as well as the other ways in which recent observations, including a high-resolution photograph of the earliest part of the universe we can detect, have produced findings that just don't fit well at all with the current "standard model" in physics.

He thinks we're due for a paradigm shift.

Realizing Earth orbits the sun, not the other way around, was a paradigm shift. Realizing our galaxy isn't the whole universe was a paradigm shift. At some point soon, he thinks, some young scientist somewhere will look at our current standard model, and throw out a basic assumption we all currently take for granted.

His story of the history of physics, astronomy, and cosmology is lively and interesting, and he makes a compelling case for the need for a new paradigm that allows us to explain our current observations of the universe without the current multiple fudge factors needed to make our equations work.

It's a fascinating book.

I bought this audiobook.
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