Two five star reviews for ‘Explaining Our Weird Universe’

My short book Explaining Our Weird Universe 1: cool stuff about time, black holes, and quantum magic has fielded two wonderful five-star reviews on Amazon in quick succession. How cool is that?

Because this blog is, you know, all about meeeeeee, I have to tell you about this. Here’s what a ‘Kindle Customer’ had to say:

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In the six essays (and helpful glossary) that compose this book, Matthew Wright not only explains the basic mind-bendy properties of time, black holes, and other bits of extreme physics, but also gives understandable reasons for their existence. In simple language, and often with a dose of humor, he writes about what some of the complex theories of higher physics are and what they mean for the rest of us. As an added bonus, Wright explains how the word “quantum” has come to be equated in the modern mind with magic, and why a product that uses the word in its description is the modern equivalent of snake-oil. There is also a bibliography for further reading if these essays pique anyone’s desire to delve further into our weird universe.

I don’t know who ‘Kindle Customer’ is…but I’m grateful for such wonderful thoughts – if you’re reading this, thank you! And I’m also grateful to Chris Graham, whose magazine blog ‘The Story Reading Ape’ is a wonderful resource for writers, for his five-star review and endorsement. Very cool.

You can get your copy on Kindle, right now, for $2.99. If it sells well enough, there’s a high chance of a print edition, and (depending on sales) more in the series. I’m certainly keen to write them… I have a list. I mean, our universe is seriously weird, and you don’t imagine that can be described in just one short book, do you?

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016


8 thoughts on “Two five star reviews for ‘Explaining Our Weird Universe’

  1. Most cool and congratulations!

    By the way, I’m working on an idea and I wonder if you could help with some maths. If I could accelerate a starship with an initial velocity of 0 and then accelerate at 200 gravities for 60 minutes, what would the ship’s speed be at the end of the hour? I simply don’t know what the equation is for that.

    1. Thank you! The equation for velocity from acceleration is v = u+ at, where v is the final velocity, u is the starting velocity, a is acceleration and t is time. The units all have to match up – I tend to use SI units, which for your calculation work out to an acceleration of 1960 m/s squared and 3600 seconds. As the starting velocity is 0, we only have to worry about the final which works out to 7,056,000 metres per second. As one metre per second is equal to 2.23 mph, your ship ends up with a final velocity of 15,777,216 mph, which is about 0.38 percent the speed of light. Pretty respectable…hope your ship has artificial gravity though… 🙂

      1. Awesome. Thank you! And with that very easy equation I can do the calculations myself. When the equations get full of greek characters I start getting lost. This one is no sweat.

        And yeah, this ship has gravity sumps. Without them and under 200 gees acceleration, the crew would turn into a reddish goo on the bulkheads! Gravity is redirected to the deck plates and then negated until one standard gravity. Thing is, without acceleration, there’s nothing going to the sumps, and thus nothing powers the deck plates. If the ship isn’t under acceleration, the crew experiences zero gravity. I think the decks and bulkheads will be coated with velcro. 😉

        1. Cool! Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be under sustained 200g. Or transient 200g… Looking forward to reading the story. I forgot to mention that if the ship is getting up towards lightspeed then relativistic effects on the acceleration become more obvious. Might not be a problem depending on plot.

  2. Sounds great, I will give this a go. I’m currently reading Moby-Dick, Sartre’s Iron in the Soul, and Shattered Glory, so I get round to this next year!

    I need to learn more about the world around is, my knowledge of science remains a bit primitive (in contemporary terms – I know the Earth isn’t flat).

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