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ISSUE 16 - December 2014

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The Power of Simplicity: Explaining All-There-Is with the most common thousand words (page 05)
Roberto Trotta

Key Words
Storytelling, flash-fiction, common language, astrophysics, cosmology


The book Edge of the Sky1 recounts the story of the Universe — All-There-Is — and its outstanding mysteries by following a female scientist — Student-Woman — as she spends one night observing distant galaxies — Star-Crowds — with the help of a giant telescope — Big-Seer. The story is written using only the most common 1000 words in the English language. In this article author and astrophysicist, Roberto Trotta, reflects on how he came to write the book, why he chose this format and what he has learnt along the way.

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