Dr. G. Derrick Hodge
This book would be a great primer for junior high school science class. Basic but interesting review of physics, biology, and astronomy. It is not easy to discern the author's real purpose, other than a general resentment against religion. The book is hardly what I thought it was, which was an epistemological commentary. Since the target seems to be adults, the author could have made the material a bit more challenging. The performance alternates between a male and a female reader, which is an unusual but effective strategy.
if only people can believe in facts and not myths and stories passed on with NO FACTS to substantiate, this PLANET WILL BE A PEACEFUL PLACE. I sincerely wish we can educate more people at bigger scale
The book was good at covering basis of scientific approach and basis of several scientific disciplines. However it lack depth and I found that in the end it did not give any extra compared to a comprehensive high school program (at least in Europe). Still recommended if you are not aware of the scientific method or ever thought fate was playing games on you.
Quite interesting narrative detailing numerous scientific phenomenon. Especially interesting mythological origins and superstitious beliefs.
My biggest problem was the jump from many scientific theories as undeniable fact. Many well accepted scientific facts --though out history-- persist until leaps in technology afford a better understanding!
A very interesting and informative read, that I found rather enjoyable.
Give it a try!
Although I found some segments oversimplified, this book provides very good explanations for those with a poor understanding of scientific concepts. unfortunately I'm not sure it will reach those who would benefit most. I did enjoy the comparisons of myth to science-based facts, very much, however a religious person would probably be infuriated by them, even though the science is explained in ways much better than I could convey to someone who doesn't understand something like evolution. I also enjoyed the dual narrators. The change in voices helps to hold attention especially while performing other tasks during which your mind might wander.
As a science degree-holder, this book was at times a bit below my "reading level", so to speak, as it explained many things which the average science enthusiast will already understand. I did still learn quite a few things, though - like how a rainbow is formed - and formed a more comprehensive understanding of still more concepts, so it was definitely an enjoyable listen.
I really think this book would be wonderful for those newly-introduced to or ill-informed on science. It does a great job deconstructing pseudoscience, mythical thinking, and general irrationality, then following up with tested and true, evidence-based explanations for everything from the Big Bang to evolution and the color spectrum. Excerpts from different cultures' myths start off most chapters, followed by the actual scientific explanation of the phenomena the myths were attempting to grasp, which makes for a unique and engaging format.
Overall, a great listen that I'd recommend to anyone old enough to understand basic science. Hearing it in Richard Dawkins' own voice was a real treat, as well.
This book is a wonderful listen. Richard and Lala are profoundly well spoken and charismatic. This book, sadly, is a short one indeed. However, It is wonderfully structured to give ancient (and on occasion recent) myths of current knowledge and to explain away the myths with rationality and science. As a university student in sciences, I found some of the chapters were boring and basic considering my prior studies In the field. Yet I must stress that to anyone not versed in advanced sciences would find this book infinitely engrossing.
Overall, I would highly recommend this piece to anyone interested in logic and science (or those needing a strong dose of either or both). Yet I would recommend one of Richards more complex writings for those already in possession of the two.
On a side note, I did thoroughly enjoy learning of these amusing myths.