Funny, intelligent, scary
I liked that the author didn't seem scolding, just educational in a humorous way.
I know that Phil Plait has a website to support and promote, and I am certainly a fan of it's continued success, but I probably would have enjoyed this title a lot more had it simply been named "Dr. Plait Talks About Cool Science Stuff". He addressed a lot of topics and explained a lot of things that I either didn't know, or didn't even think I was interested in and for that, I enjoyed the book. I suppose the premise of presenting everything as 'Bad Science' is the only drawback. There was certainly some bad science addressed, but I found some of the bad science to be a reach to press the story along.
I don't call the refusal to believe scientific fact 'bad science'. I call it closed minded idiocy. Most of these 'bad astronomy' examples fall into that category. These are the people who will never read this book and it wouldn't matter if they did because you aren't changing their minds (astrologers and lunar landing hoax people, to name a few). There are other things that popped up from time to time that made me scratch my head. For example, some people believe the Hubble Telescope flies around the universe taking close up pictures of the stars and objects that you see pictures of. Now granted, my sphere of friends and acquaintances is quite modest, but I don't think I've ever heard of anyone who even remotely thought that. I suppose that if there are really people who do believe that, then maybe they should be seeking professional help. Nonetheless, this is presented as though the belief may be somewhat widespread and that the idea needs to be addressed and the idea squashed.
Maybe I'm nitpicking, but my mind would wander on some of the topics, asking myself the question "Why would somebody believe such a thing?", forcing me to back up the audio a couple of minutes to refocus on the otherwise information packed evidence against the belief as it was being addressed. I think I would have been more focused if the author just simply said, "Let me explain to you why the moon looks larger than it really is.", and avoided all the silly theories that people may or may not think causes the phenomenon.
The narration was decent. I don't feel that Kevin Scullin did a particularly bad, or great job. He has a monotone flavor to him which for a book of this type isn't necessarily bad. Sometimes when reading quoted material, he would switch to a funny sounding narration voice, or fake an accent (not too well though). Nothing about the narration was a deal-breaker though.
All in all though, I did find this book interesting for the most part, and I did learn some new things that I never knew before which always makes the effort worthwhile.
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.
Love to read. No time. Audio solves that problem because I drive alot.
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.