autumn-2013, nonfiction, essays, fraudio, astronomy, sciences
Read on September 02, 2013
Apparently, this gentleman is often on the box in the corner (that isn't so funny anymore is it, now that the TV is never a box in the corner anymore.)
Not about this book, more along the mode of listening: have you got the 'find friend' app? Small things amuse us here, I try an get to a point as far away from the cabin by means of flair of imagination and then he comes to get me. I can watch his approach as a blinking purple bubble on the map. Same tech as Geo-Caching but I am the prize lol.
In this collection of essays, Tyson does a remarkable job of taking extremely complex scientific concepts and theories and making them accessible to those of us lacking a background in astrophysics, all without dumbing things down in any way. His excitement and zeal for the subject matter is conveyed throughout the book, and I enjoyed it immensely. Even got quite a few laughs out of it at times. For those with questions about how the universe works, I can't recommend this book enough....Continua
the so-so rating probably isn't fair. there are certain articles/essays within the book that are really great. reading the book straight-through, however, is a bit tedious, and i found myself skipping around to topics of interest, with no desire for the satisfaction that comes when a book is put down having been read from cover to cover.
however, the book does function as enjoyable, highly interesting occasional reading. i will most likely, in the future, leaf through it.
articles to check out: the one on how long it takes the sun's rays to reach us (something like a million years), and the namesake article on what happens as you near and cross an event horizon (death by black hole)....Continua