I loved this book because it appealed to my science nerdiness and my history nerdiness.
You can actually get a decent way through this book without mucI loved this book because it appealed to my science nerdiness and my history nerdiness.
You can actually get a decent way through this book without much mention of the Big Bang theory or even the universe as a whole as the early parts are given over to a history of human endeavour towards understanding Earth within the universe. From various creation myths to the methodolgy employed to work out that the world was round, the circumference of the planet, the distance to the moon and sun, how orbits work etc, gradually building a picture of how vast and complex the universe really is. For someone who is already well versed on physics and cosmology this may be slightly tedious but for me, someone with an avid interest in science but little background, I found it first and foremost absolutely fascinating and secondly a rather important foundation onto which I could build my understanding of modern origin of the universe theories.
The book explained everything very well, not too over simplified but breaking down theories to be easy enough to understand with a little effort. In particular the diagrams were really very helpful representations....more
Being honest, Christopher Hitchens was, and indeed still is, a bit of a hero of mine. I am also an atheist. So with that said it is no surprise I rateBeing honest, Christopher Hitchens was, and indeed still is, a bit of a hero of mine. I am also an atheist. So with that said it is no surprise I rated it five stars.
I like the style of his writing, he takes no prisoners and anyone looking for a soothing non-confrontational read should really seek another author. Hitchens was a prolific writer and he treats religion with the same level of scrutiny as he does any other subject. He is also extremely well read and an intellectual of a level most of us can never dream of reaching. He can also on occasion be a bit of an arse. But I for one can forgive him that as it is impossible to doubt the level of conviction he feels about this topic, or any other he chooses.
I can see that this book is certainly not for everyone, not even for every atheist and I am unsure that any religious person reading it would give up their god as a result, although one can but hope, nevertheless the variety of information and the inclusion of anecdotes from Hitch's personal experience makes reading this book an authentic experience. Even I cringe a little at some of the more antagonistic things that he says but for me some of his words have been truly inspiring. Thank you Hitch....more