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Why Is Uranus Upside Down?: And Other Questions About the Universe
by Fred Watson
Have you ever wondered what dark matter is or why galaxies collide? Or why the Moon is gradually drifting away from Earth? Space is really, really big, as Douglas Adams once pointed out, and there is no better guide to it than Fred Watson, astronomer to the stars. Fred Watson has taken the many, many questions that have been asked by listeners of his popular, long-running ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published January 10th 2007 by Allen & Unwin
(first published 2007)
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May 06, 2010 Tim Heywood rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Effectively reads as short stories, since this is a collection of everything anyone wants to know about life, the universe and everything factual about space (yes, it does include a few Douglas Adams quotes). A well written humourous yet serious look at what makes the universe tick, explaining principles in terms a lot simpler than textbooks and other authors I've come across before...
Well written, and enjoyable, but more basic than I expected. That's not a fault - there are plenty of people for whom it would be really helpful, but for some reason I was expecting more advanced material - perhaps because of the credentials of the author.