Even though Stephen Hawking did an impeccable and brilliant job dumbing down all this physics and quantum mechanics and SCIENCE, I am still not science-smart enough to fully understand most of it. Good try, though, and it was so readable! And it gave me several existential crises. Like, okay, if you are just jonesing for a panic attack, pick up this book and when he starts in on the origin of the universe, just let your mind go there, see if you can encompass the entirety of the universe in your mind. I’m just concentrating on the words I’m typing and trying not to picture anything at all, lest my brain get going again.
As a result, it did take me much longer to read this than the page-length would imply. I had to do a chapter at a time, basically, in between fluff. Others, of course, may not be as prone to these sorts of brain crises like I am, but they’ve been happening when I hear about these subjects since my Astronomy 101 class in college.
I really can’t overstate how readable this science-heavy book is. I was very nearly able to comprehend most of the things in this book, which is frankly a miracle. I never went past Chemistry in school, and then I took the easy way out for my college science requirements by taking Geography. Most of my science knowledge comes from science fiction, so I’m sure a little bit of unreal science has slipped in, but I’d like to think I have a handle on what’s real and what’s fictional. They haven’t yet invented transporters yet, I do know that, and when they do, I will not be using one. No thank you, I do not want to end up with a Thomas Riker situation, or even with the unsettling knowledge that you are just a copy of yourself when you come out the other end when everything goes right.
Anyway, I’ve wandered. This book is as good as people say, and it’s a bestseller for a reason. I feel smarter for having read it.
CBR BINGO: Star
Boy howdy, is this about astronomy.