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We know the universe had a beginning. But what happens at the end of the story?  

With lively wit and wry humour, astrophysicist Katie Mack takes us on a mind-bending tour through each of the cosmos' possible finales: the Big Crunch, Heat Death, Vacuum Decay, the Big Rip and the Bounce. 

Guiding us through major concepts in quantum mechanics, cosmology, string theory and much more, she describes how small tweaks to our incomplete understanding of reality can result in starkly different futures. Our universe could collapse in upon itself, or rip itself apart, or even - in the next five minutes - succumb to an inescapable expanding bubble of doom.  

This captivating story of cosmic escapism examines a mesmerising yet unfamiliar physics landscape while sharing the excitement a leading astrophysicist feels when thinking about the universe and our place in it. 

Amid stellar explosions and bouncing universes, Mack shows that even though we puny humans have no chance of changing how it all ends, we can at least begin to understand it.  

The End of Everything is a wildly fun, surprisingly upbeat ride to the farthest reaches of all that we know.

©2020 Katie Mack (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Sam
  • 07-08-2020

Brilliant book

Brilliant book on how this entire universe and everything in it is going to end!!!

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Inspiring, engaging, weighty and entertaining science writing at its best!

This mind blowing journey about how EVERYTHING ends stands apart and alone from most popular science books out there. It is a great pleasure to listen to an author who has something new to say in a thoughtful, engaging and entertaining manner. After having read and listened to many astronomy and cosmology books and audiobooks, I can’t help noticing that despite good intentions, the majority of popular science authors seem to go over familiar ground, rehashing topics, explanations and metaphors that don’t cover new ground. In ’The End of Everything’, Dr Mack, with great clarity, leads her gentle reader through vast, mind boggling thoughts without getting lost. Her gentle humour made me laugh out loud many times, which provided a great ironic contrast with the immensity and seriousness of the book’s theme. The audio narration is excellent, with the scientific terms correctly pronounced - mispronunciations are an annoyingly common feature of many science audiobooks. I can’t recommend this book enough - thoughtful, inspiring, weighty, engaging. Great science communication.

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  • Catherine Kenny
  • 09-08-2020

Wonderful

A fantastic, accessible book, that takes an interesting wander through the ways the Universe could end. Provides context and anecdotes throughout that add depth to an already excellent concept. Will listen again and recommend to friends.

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  • suuthe
  • 30-10-2020

Awesome!

As always, every time I read about the idea of time I have to go through it more than once, and it was no exception for this book, had to re-listen few chapters but i loved it. No offence to Gabra Zackman, the narration was beautiful, but having listened to Katie narrate her astro-poem "Disorientation" a while back, I was so so hoping to hear her voice through out the book. All in all, a great listen!

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  • D. N. Frew
  • 07-10-2020

excellent run through of current cosmology

I was very pleased to be reading this as the 2020 Nobel prize in physics was announced - it made the book seem so very topical. Katie does a great job explaining the big bang theory and then taking us through what has been discovered and what that means for cosmology in the past 30 years or so. there is a good balance between evidence (experiments and observations) what that means for theory. I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Wojtek_S
  • 24-08-2020

Great intro into the end of, well, Everything

A great narrative of complex physics ideas. Religions could even imagine such endings, they are too localised to out speck of dust Earth. The universe is bigger and far more spectacular Good narration.

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  • Mark
  • 22-08-2020

At last...

Clarity and, thank goodness, written by a woman. Easy to understand and absorb. Thank you.

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  • Daryl Veal
  • 20-08-2020

An insight into space continuum for the N00b

What I loved about this audiobook was the simple way (it’s still realllyyyy hard to get your head around it and took me a couple of relistens) Katie takes you through some basic principles of space. She gives you enough substance to bounce off and explore more with a great way of creating analogies to further understand some concepts of space. It was perfect for me because I know nada and now I know a little more than I did. What a legend! X

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