42 Reasons to Hate the Universe: (And One Reason Not To)


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About the Author

Chris Ferrie is an award-winning physicist and Senior Lecturer for Quantum Software and Information at the University of Technology Sydney. He has a Masters in applied mathematics, BMath in mathematical physics and a PhD in applied mathematics. He lives in Australia with his wife and children.

Wade David Fairclough is an Australian author and educator. His work has been nominated for multiple awards, such as the Australian Podcast of the Year--Science and Technology and has also charted on iTunes Comedy Podcast in Australia, Europe, and North America. He is the coauthor of Pranklab: 25 Hilarious Scientific Practical Jokes for Kids and 42 Reasons to Hate the Universe (And One Reason Not To).

Byrne LaGinestra is a science communicator known for his unique approach to education. He has a diverse body of work from textbooks, children's books and adult non-fiction to public presentations and podcasts. Based in Australia, his work has received widespread recognition both nationally and internationally. He has helped teachers, students, and enthusiasts alike learn to love science.


"Brilliantly funny. The universe is hell-bent on your demise and this entertaining and compelling guide expertly highlights the fragility--but also the resilience--of life." -- Michael Banks, author of The Secret Science of Baby
"I've never laughed and learned so much while reading about 42 ways I'm completely stuffed!" -- Adam Spencer, comedian, author, and math geek

"Finally, an antidote to all that breathless, too-damn-excited-by-half pop sci out there, and its relentlessly exhausting enthusiasm about just how the universe is such an amaaaazing, wondrous, awesome place. Ferrie, Fairclough, and Laginestra instead tell it like it is: the Universe is gonna get you, technology ain't gonna save you, and we're stuck in the shittiest version of The Matrix ever. Deal with it. Imagine Douglas Adams, Leonhard Cohen, and your favourite grumpy science teacher joining forces to reveal the secrets of the universe. That's nothing like this book. It's much more pessimistic, considerably more sweary, and lots, lots funnier. I finished it last week and still haven't finished chuckling. In a multiverse of dystopian possibilities, let's just be thankful that we live in a universe where this book exists." -- Philip Moriarty, Professor of Physics, University of Nottingham, and author of When The Uncertainty Principle Goes To 11 (or How To Explain Quantum Physics With Heavy Metal)

"An irreverent survey of unsettling scientific findings and ideas." -- Publishers Weekly

Funny, snarky, and bleak while still being informative and engrossing. It's an apt approach for our cynical times.