The Cosmic Web by J. Richard Gott III

The Cosmic Web

J. Richard Gott was among the first cosmologists to propose that the structure of our universe is like a sponge made up of clusters of galaxies intricately connected by filaments of galaxies—a magnificent structure now called the "cosmic web" and mapped extensively by teams of astronomers. Here is his gripping insider's account of how a generation of undaunted theorists and observers solved the mystery of the architecture of our cosmos.The Cosm...

Details The Cosmic Web

TitleThe Cosmic Web
Release DateFeb 9th, 2016
PublisherPrinceton University Press
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Physics, Astronomy, Popular Science

Reviews The Cosmic Web

  • Manny
    The world we live in keeps getting bigger. Quite a long time ago, some smart people in Greece figured out roughly what the Earth looks like:Admittedly they got a few details wrong, but that was eventually sorted out. Then, a bit less than two thousand years later, other people realized that the Earth was just one of a bunch of planets, that together with the sun made up our solar system:Again, a few details needed to be corrected - it took a whil...
  • Dan Graser
    Extremely dense and detailed writing but ultimately worth it, so in other words - not quite on the level of traditional, "science for the layman," style books; definitely intended for a more specific audience but the work presented here is astonishing and ultimately illuminating. A fascinating glimpse into the process by which the large structure of our universe has been calculated and observed.
  • Kadri
    A look into how the large-scale structure of the universe was discovered, that gives attention to both the US and Soviet schools, brings out their differences clearly and continues beyond to 21st century. The book does go more deeply into Gott's own part in it, but as a major contributor to the field, it's fine. There were some detours that led a bit further away from cosmology (and were a great part to read), so you do come across two different ...
  • Xavier Shay
    Mind blowing. Struggled to keep my head above water in parts, despite the author really trying to make accessible. I blame that on my complete lack of familiarity with the subject. Overall got the gist of it. tl;dr THE UNIVERSE IS HUGE, but there is structure that we can understand.
  • Adam
    Quite dense; not an easy read for non-scientists like myself. But, it was a fun challenge. It answered a lot of the questions I had ("how could they know that?...") when it comes to the age and nature of the universe. The book is laid out showing the history of the ways scientists have modeled the structure of the universe over the past 100 years. It ends with the latest ideas, and the questions being worked on right now.
  • Doctor Moss
    When you are reading a big picture science book, it’s usually pretty easy to tell whether you are reading something written by a scientist or by a science writer. This one is written by a scientist.J. Richard Gott gives a first-hand, participant account of the current state of the investigation of the large scale structure of the universe.Gott is a very gifted topologist, as his high school science fair project on spongelike pseudopolyhedrons e...
  • Gianni Costanzi
    La ricerca della struttura dell'universo, per capirne le origini.Ho comprato questo libro perché appassionato di astrofisica e perché non avevo mai letto nulla in merito alle grandi strutture rilevate su scale enormi nell'Universo visibile. E' impressionante capire (o quantomeno intuire) quello che negli ultimi decenni è stato scoperto in merito alla trama del nostro Universo, e quello che mi impressiona ogni volta è pensare alla scala dei fe...
  • Andrea Moro
    Il libro è dedicato alla struttura macroscopica dell'universo e nel far ciò spiega i più recenti sviluppi degli Studi svolti in merito. In questo diventa inevitabile parlare di materia oscura, energia oscura e inflazione cosmica, pertanto chi è interessato anche a questi argomenti troverà in questo libro molti spunti. Rispetto ad altri libri come l'Universo Elegante di Brian Greene è senz'altro meno comprensibile, persino complicato in alcu...
  • Daniele
    Un bellissimo libro divulgativo sulla cosmologia, che parla in particolare della struttura dell'universo, la "ragnatela cosmica" formata dai filamenti di galassie che collegano grandi ammassi, e della teoria inflazionaria, secondo cui nei primi istanti della vita dell'universo le sue dimensioni sarebbero aumentato di moltissimi ordini di grandezza. Alcune parti non sono semplicissime, rispetto ad altri libri divulgativi che ho letto su argomenti ...
  • Jafar
    So the universe is probably constructed like a sponge: cluster of galaxies connected to each other by filaments of galaxies that can be longer than a billions light years. The largest known structures in the universe. Except that no one knows how big the universe is. Or if ours is only one in an infinite of a multiverse. Still fascinating.
  • Pat Hearps
    Took me a while to finish this - sometimes I could only absorb a few pages worth at a time, before having to stop and think about it! But don't let that scare you - it's actually pretty well written for a non-physicist audience. Gott uses some good metaphors and visual thought-experiments to explain a lot of the scientific concepts - but he packs a lot of information into this short book so sometimes those metaphors are milked for everything he c...
  • Jeremy
    I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I liked that it wasn't long, and instead got to the point without going through a bunch of twists and turns that weren't necessary. The book was particularly fascinating for me as I just spent my first summer working within the field of theoretical physics and cosmology, so I found the book to be right up my alley. I also find that the author explains concepts very well *without* simplifying them. It seems like so...
  • Letitia Todd Kim
    A fine book on a very specific topic: the observable universe’s topology (sponge-like with webs of higher density left over from early quantum fluctuations) and fate (possibly eternal expansion with baby inflationary universes springing forth to start anew). I gave it just 3 stars for purely selfish reasons: physical cosmology, it turns out, doesn’t interest me as much as philosophical cosmology, and the book is somewhat heavy on equations th...
  • Brie
    I've read quite a few nonfiction astronomy books over the past several years, and this one is by far the toughest read. While most books try to bring the concepts down a bit for a more general audience to understand, this book doesn't really do that. It's quite complicated and there are many equations and theories discussed within. Some discussions gave me a better understanding of the topic than I had before (inflation), but there were quite a f...
  • Galen Weitkamp
    The Cosmic Web: Mysterious Architecture of the Universe by J. Richard Gott.Review by Galen Weitkamp.In 1986 Margaret Geller, Valerie de Lapparent and John Hulchra published a map of a wedge shaped sector of the universe 730 million lightyears deep, 120 degrees wide and only 6 degrees thick. Almost every one has come across this map somewhere: in a newspaper, a magazine, a book or a lecture. It shows a universe that is not homogeneous on this scal...
  • Autumn Kotsiuba
    For the record, the only reason I could follow along with this AT ALL is because I recently read a book on dark matter, and I've been studying basic astronomy on my own. This may be "introductory," strictly speaking, but definitely not recommended for anyone without a grounded understanding of dark matter, physics, etc.Gott basically takes the reader through what we've thought the universe is like throughout history. "We're at the center. The sun...
  • Antonio Gallo
    Ho scritto il mio giudizio su Amazon, non appena verrà pubblicato farò il copia e incolla. Eccolo: Confesso che mi sono perso nella lettura di questo libro. Non avrei dovuto affrontare una lettura del genere. Non sono un ragno, non sono un architetto, mi piacciono i misteri ma non ho mai capito la parola cosmo. Forse tutto quello che l'autore di questo libro ha detto poteva essere detto in parole più semplici, con meno formule, grafici ed imma...
  • Neil
    I learned a lot from this book, especially about current conceptions of the universe and about current state of physics (as a field) today. The conclusion, which provides various accounts of the rather bleak and astounding future of the universe, was also intriguing. Gott does a fine job making the larger concepts understandable, and the models he introduces here, such as the web, sponge, pancake, and meatball, all make sense to me as a reader. U...
  • Jason
    Absolutely fascinating read. It was pretty in depth, but it was just what I needed after having read several other more general overviews of these topics. There are some areas in the first half of the book where Gott goes into some mathematical detail, which may throw a reader off, but it's setting up the groundwork for the second half of the book. Prior to this book I had a surface level understanding of the large scale structure/expansion/big b...
  • Karl Nehring
    Fascinating book not only for what it presents in terms of the structure of the universe, but also because of how it shows how these ideas came together through the work of so many dedicated individuals and teams. Not an "easy" read, but rewarding to try to work through.