Dr. Rick McClain
The personal story intertwined with the science made both enjoyable. I learned a lot about the solar system. Mike Brown is an excellent teacher. I strongly recommend this book.
If you are interested in space and astronomy, this is a great account of how Pluto came to lose its planet status. Mike Brown has an easy manner of speaking that teaches without seeming like a lecture. His dry wit keeps things lively, as does his preference for giving simple, logical explanations for things without relying on astronomical jargon or unnecessary detail. I enjoyed the story and learned a lot, too.
It was a light, fun and informative book. While it covers many scientific principles it is also a sort of autobiography, at least a portion of one, and has some scandal as well as laughs. I give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. I'll be playing portions of it for my class this week as well whether they like it or not.
Sorry, but I could have been okay without so much about wife and kid. But it was a good read ;uhem...I mean listen. Prose was descriptive enough so that listening to the book was doable. I find that if a book is too technical , then listening does not work as you must take the time to refer to diagrams, look up definitions, etc. this book was not like that.
Near the top of the audiobooks I've listened to.
The story of how other scientists tried to steal a major scientific discovery, and got caught!
Very smooth. You could just listen without focusing on his performance, which is exactly what you want.
Interesting to hear about the work, life and perspectives of an astronomer, but also excellent to hear about this one set of discoveries that is so important to human culture and understanding of our place in the solar system. Also, what a great title.
Better editing of content. I went for this item based on interest in the astronomy, not the authors personal life.
Too much focus on his personal life, none of which has any bearing on the main topic.
The narration is well paced and the narrator has a pleasant voice. Too bad his subject matter was not of the same standard has his narration.
The wife and baby.
Don't buy this title. Borrow it from the library as it is much easier to flip past the useless stuff. I feel that I wasted a credit on this.
Not what you'd expect from a science guy with fun quips and he moved the story along nicely. Also taught about a topic I've studied little but now feel I'm well versed on.
You may not know much about astronomy, but Mike Brown pulls you into an the field and makes it easy to understand and weaves a great story that could not be made up. I throughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the stars, even if, like my wife, you think Pluto is a planet.