This is a fascinating though technical story. Unfortunately, it is read by monotoned, plodding individual. I suggest listening to a sample of this guy because he makes a great story extremely tedious. It is probably better to read this material rather than to suffer the narator which is too bad. It really will interest a 45-55 computer or electrical engineer.
This isn't a textbook about astronomy, but rather a long look at various aspects of the hobby and the profession as told by a long time practitioner. For anyone that has enjoyed the hobby, particularly if you grew up in the days of the space race and were pulled in, you'll like this book. You'll hear stories ranging from Clyde Tombaugh discovering Pluto, to a discussion with Stephen James O'Meara discoveries, to robotic telescopes. I've listened to this book three times since getting it last month and have enjoyed it each time.
This was one of the best things that I've heard. My only complaint is that $10 bucks for an hour long program is too much. Make it $5 and you'll double the number of listeners and such a short program doesn't take all that much bandwidth to download anyway.
I bought this thinking I was getting a fictional comedy. It was fictional, but not funny at all.
This is really interesting stuff but after a brief introduction to cosmology takes off at break neck speed. It is written for someone already very comfortable with concepts such as black body spectrums and particle/anti-particle production. It would make a great book for a 2nd year physic student or mid-level astronomy student.
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