The Cosmic Machine by Scott Bembenek
“… it's very useful to have a unified overview of what we know, collected and recounted in one place. The Cosmic Machine will introduce you to the basic principles by which today's physicists organize the world." –Sean Carroll, author of The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
"A superb resource for science fans or those struggling to understand the subject; an impressive fit in an age of Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson web videos." –Kirkus Reviews
“The Cosmic Machine succeeds on all accounts.” –D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“… kudos to Bembenek for taking an entirely mathematical concept and making it readable, comprehensible and interesting….” –Lyle Sadavoy, Chem 13 News
"The Cosmic Machine is a wonderful way to introduce an intellectually curious person to how physics and chemistry have evolved and how they contribute to our understanding of the Universe." –Jim Stein, New Books Network
"The Cosmic Machine ... makes for a powerful read." –Don Lehn, Fraser Valley News
“[It was] enlightening.” –Gary Smailes, Founder and Editor at BubbleCow
About the Author
Scott has a PhD in theoretical chemical physics, was a National Research Council Fellow, and works as a computational chemist doing drug discovery research. He has made substantial contributions to the areas of statistical mechanics, kinetic theory, glass theory, liquid dynamics, and computational drug discovery, with his work appearing in several scientific journals. He has also written popular science, science education, and science communication articles for The Huffington Post, Forbes, Scientific American, and Discover. He resides in San Diego, California, with his family.
Energy, Entropy, Atoms, and Quantum Mechanics form the very foundation of our universe. But how do they govern the world we live in? What was the difficult path to their discovery? Who were the key players that struggled to shape our current understanding?
The Cosmic Machine takes you from the earliest scientific inquiries in human history on an exciting journey in search of the answers to these questions. In telling this fascinating story of science, the reader is masterfully guided through the wonderment of how scientific discoveries (and the key players of those discoveries) shaped the world as we know it today. With its unique blend of science, history, and biographies, The Cosmic Machine provides an easily accessible account without sacrificing the actual science itself. Not only will this book engage, enlighten, and entertain you, it will inspire your passion and curiosity for the world around us.