A lot of breadth and depth in these topics. He is sincere and his love of astronomy is apparent. He doesn't seem too hostile toward those who propagate bad astronomy and actually talks about how he understands why we're not informed enough scientifically and logically. He even admits he has used bad astronomy himself. I didn't know how much I didn't know about our world until listening to this book.
Même un amateur peut apprendre que lui aussi s'est fait piégé par ses mauvaises conceptions.
J'ai particulièrement aimé le passage sur les marées! Il explique les coquillages sur la plage ainsi que les interactions entre les galaxies.
A great book, going through the biggest mistakes and misconceptions about astronomy, but it's a little dry. There's too much technicalities and a tiny bit to much math.
My only complaint is about the total solar eclipses. If you try to watch the total part of one through any kind of filter you will miss it. You must watch it with bare eyes and it will not hurt your eyes. What he says is only true for the partial phases.
The writer went into too much depth. I feel like I got it early and he kept pushing his point. There were several funny remarks – some sarcastic, but the reader did not do them justice.
The facts in this book are good, but they are presented in a dull and uninteresting fashion. The author likes to make some bad puns. I can almost picture him giggling at his keyboard after writing each one. The narrator doesn’t help much either. Whenever the narrator expresses an opposing view point he goes into this weird nasal whiney voice, which I admit made me chuckle the first couple of times, but it gets old really fast.
Many interesting "Facts" but when he got to the Creationist issues, he only looked at it from the extremest view and did not add anything positive to the whole debate.
I much preferred the Astronomy book Pluto Files, where there was no agenda for the authors view points.
My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.
It had some interesting stuff and good explanations for curtain phenomenon which I didn't know before. If you like science over conspiracy/paranormal bullshit.
If you woke up this morning thinking you saw Goofy in a cloud and thought it was a sign from God and really wanted to believe it, then this is not your book. This book will burst you imaginary bubble and bring you back to reality.
I expected to learn a lot about astronomy, and to get answers for misconceptions that are common among educated people, not among total igorants or conspiracy fans.
I would be very hesitant to do so, but do not rule the option out altogether.
Yes, his reading was quite good.
I would expect Audible to provide some information about the target audience, in this case - the USA-based John Q. Public, which turns out to be far from the smartest kid in the class.
Here is something about myself.
A very good audiobook about science and misconceptions about astronomy all around the world. Even though the story is starting to be a little bit old (written in 2002), only the last chapter of the book will feel a little bit odd.
Philip Plait does a great job explaining the misconceptions and doesn't dwell in unecessary science details. He's very factual and straight to the point.
I liked to listen to this book. The narrator was convincing and very engaged. If you're looking for a fun and instructive book about astronomy and science without the technical stuff.. well this is for you.