Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".
Renowned for his ability to blend content, accessibility, and humor, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies some of the most complex concepts in astrophysics while sharing his infectious excitement for our universe.
©2007 Neil deGrasse Tyson; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Tyson takes readers on an exciting journey from Earth's hot springs...to the universe's farthest reaches....witty and entertaining." (Publishers Weekly)
"Smoothly entertaining, full of fascinating tidbits, and frequently humorous, these essays show Tyson as one of today's best popularizers of science." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[Tyson] demonstrates a good feel for explaining science in an intelligible way to interested lay readers; his rather rakish sense of humor should aid in making the book enjoyable." (Library Journal)
The author adequately provided an alternate perspective on many issues facing the scientific community and succeeded in being an enjoyable distration from the daily commute. The only reason this didnt get 5 stars from me was because of the obvious prejudice he demonstrated against Creationism. The author would have been better served had he left out that chapter as I feel he lost a good deal of his objectivity in favor of his dislike for Creationist on the cutting room floor. Up to the final chapter where he expressed more feeling than fact, I would say this is an excellent book. Definately worth the credits if you enjoy science.
I was expecting Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, and I didn't get it. It just didn't capture me the same way... also, not a fan of the occasional ultra-liberal high and mighty inserts targeting paranormal and other "sciences"....
If you listen to Neil's podcast, or have seen or heard him in other environments, you might have noticed a trend that I can't get over. That is, his insistence upon injecting a distracting, sophomoric humor into his delivery. Early in the book(spoiler alert), he explains that a yogi can't levitate because it would defy the laws of physics, unless they were to fart really hard... This and some of the other sidebars just soured the whole experience for me. I approached this book with the intention of honing my understanding of the universe and possibly be a little entertained with witty, yet relevant remarks. This did not happen. The history and workings of the cosmos were presented at a grade-school level with grade-school jokes. I'm not sure why Neil does this, and I don't want to sound like I don't like his work, I might even try another of his books from audible, but this one was a miss, overall.
If you are an adult looking for an entertaining listen, try Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything." You will get a much more informed perspective, with intelligent and relevant commentary. And even though I'm sure some of the more advanced physics are outdated, the information is much better presented.
It was fine.
The farting yogi.
The book is generally interesting but the narrator talks as though his audience were were in about 5th grade; too golly gee-whiz isn't this amazing for adult taste.
I read many science books, and this is one of my least recommended. It is a very light and popular type of presentation, with a wildly exagerated title. You would do much better with anything by Brian Greene, especially The Fabric of the Cosmos.
I agree with others who feel the narrator was not effective or perhaps appropriate for the subject: Way to "jovial" and "wiseguy-ish" for my taste. He has a wonderful speaking voice but, for me, his take is totally off the mark. Had this been narrated in a more serious tone, perhaps a voice with more gravitas such as Edward Herrmann, this would have been excellent.
The narration is terrible, as though he doesn't even understand the words. Just a monotonous fake enthusiasm, which nearly made this unendurable.
I still haven't finished.
The book has some interesting information, but it seems to jump around, and I tire of the author's "style." Sounds like it was written for High School students maybe?
Try "A Short History of Nearly Everything" instead.
The book is really good, however narrative really puts you in a stupid position. His approach in this beautiful scientific book is like a father tells a story to his kids. At least I get an impression like that. He is making the words longer than expected. Like nooo agaain it iss noot.
I think he should have told the story as a past historical event and a little funny way. I think the problem is because of his accent. He tries to this but it becomes really bad.
Please also check the books and before buying please read the reviews,
2) A short history of nearly everything
3) Predictably Irrational
Compare one of them with what I am trying to say.
I found the narrator on this recording to sound sanctimonious and condescending, like "science guy" at a cocktail party doing his best to sound interesting but really droning on and on. I couldn't even finish this since it was so annoying.
The subject matter is usually my favorite but I just didn't enjoy this that much. I'll listen to it again at some point and see if I get more out of it.
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