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From a star theoretical physicist, a journey into the world of particle physics and the cosmos - and a call for a more just practice of science.

In The Disordered Cosmos, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein shares her love for physics, from the Standard Model of Particle Physics and what lies beyond it, to the physics of melanin in skin, to the latest theories of dark matter - all with a new spin informed by history, politics, and the wisdom of Star Trek

One of the leading physicists of her generation, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is also one of fewer than 100 Black American women to earn a PhD from a department of physics. Her vision of the cosmos is vibrant, buoyantly nontraditional, and grounded in Black feminist traditions. 

Prescod-Weinstein urges us to recognize how science, like most fields, is rife with racism, sexism, and other dehumanizing systems. She lays out a bold new approach to science and society that begins with the belief that we all have a fundamental right to know and love the night sky. The Disordered Cosmos dreams into existence a world that allows everyone to tap into humanity's wealth of knowledge about the wonders of the universe. 

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Stunning

This book is a stunning dive into the intersectionality of passions. As a queer woman, I felt seen. As an organizer and activist, I felt inspired. As a lover of the cosmos, I felt awed. I think the most poignant thing about this book is how much I FELT, from start to finish. I will be listening again and again.

The travesty is that this phenomenal narrator mispronounced the author's name - "Chanda" is pronounced like the ch in "chair" and "Weinstein" is pronounced like Einstein with a "W" - and almost ironically reminds us how much difficulty minorities have in getting appropriate representation. Hopefully something as simple - yet important - as the author's name name can be updated for accuracy.

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Not what I expected.

I love to listen to science and history. I thought this book was about Dark matter.. It does involve science.. but it should be a biography/black history book.. I feel like it should be as titled as such..

Good book if you want to hear about these things.

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Engaging, important, well performed.

The metaphors developed are very powerful examinations of society, science, and science in society. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein delivers accessible explanation of very complex physics, and exposes the raw, brutality in our society. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein also delivers an inspiring story of passion and pleasure in the work of science. This complicated relationship carries through in several parallel threads of the book, and illustrates both what is wrong in science/society, and how we can make it better. The powerful connection she establishes between science (specifically physics) and capitalist, settler colonialism should cause us to more fully examine the humanity of our sciences, and our society. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein draws a direct line between science (as it is and has been) and exertion of power over others. Using a tool that should bring joy and pleasure to assert control and inflict pain. Science = Capitalist exploitation. Capitalist exploitation = Colonialism. Colonialism = rape. Science = rape. However, the love and passion and wonder Dr. Prescod-Weinstein exudes for science drives home another analogy. Like the differential equations she teaches the listener about, the Science = Colonialism is just one possible solution. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein and other Black, Indigenous, and Feminist scholars see a better way. We can have science, and humanity, and inclusion, and fairness. But we must listen, understand, and be part of the solution.

The writing is dynamic, and agile. Layered, subtle, but often blunt. There were several passages that were so loaded with meaning in every word choice, alternating phrasings of repeated vocabulary to hammer home the focus of the utterance. Here the performance was immensely powerful and helpful. The cadence, emphasis, tone, and speed amplified both the subtle and the blunt. I will be listening again, and likely purchasing the physical book to examine the skillful presentation in more depth than I can muster with audio only.

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Absolutely stunning and necessary

Total tour de force through the universe, human history, and the intersection of race and science.

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Beautiful and Deep

While some of the science was over my head, the meaning of the story itself was perfectly told.

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Read this book.

This book is for all people, men, women, non-binary, scientists, mathematicians, nerds, black, white, indigenous, Asian, straight, gay, cis, bi, or whatever. This book has something for you. It’s wonderful contents will leave you with a desire to learn and do more. Thank you, Doctor Chandra Prescod-Weinstein for teaching me so much about so many things.

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great book!

this is a must read for everyone, I very much enjoyed this book. it is very insightful and she does a great job of bringing a lot of difficult topics to light and explains things very well.

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A must listen, for any social justice minded (or questioning) scientist. A no holds barred look behind the curtains of how science really works, and systematically excludes all but the prevlidged few....

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Life altering

Make no mistake about it: this is a difficult read. It will stretch the boundaries of your ability to understand particle physics and at the same time challenge your white fragility. Prescod-Weinstein pulls no punches in describing the ills of the colonialist, racist, and gender misogamy that drives our society, giving whites advantage at the expense of others (I am white). But it is a worthwhile stage of our journey toward awareness and a call to action. Highly recommend.

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nothing to do with space or science

this book was about racism not space or science . very disappointed, dont waste your time or money. if you are looking for space/ science there is tons of better books. Carl Sagan's cosmos or his other books would be a better choice

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disappointing at best

The first couple chapters were good and worth it. After that, was not able to finish..

With complete and total due respect - the first few chapters, the majority of the book is a condescending feminist and BLM rant.

Although I appreciate the need for the rant, for this book with this topic, it made no sense. Totally misplaced and completely unnecessary for a book of this title. Like, where is the physics?

Sincerely,

A feminist brown man

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