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Just as World War II called an earlier generation to greatness, so the climate crisis is calling today's rising youth to action: to create a better future.

In Unstoppable, Bill Nye crystallizes and expands the message for which he is best known and beloved. That message is that with a combination of optimism and scientific curiosity, all obstacles become opportunities, and
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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M I'd say that depends on the kid. A bright junior high kid who is already interested in science or environmental issues would probably enjoy and unders…moreI'd say that depends on the kid. A bright junior high kid who is already interested in science or environmental issues would probably enjoy and understand much, if not all, of this book. Bill Nye breaks things down into understandable pieces, introducing and illustrating the terms and ideas he's writing about, and any junior high kid with a decent school curriculum or interest in science won't be intimidated by this book. A kid who likes science fair type activities and experiments should be able to follow this material. (less)
Crystal Starr Light No, there are no visuals or illustrations or equations. Unfortunate, because I think I'd love to see pictures of the things Bill Nye has done to his h…moreNo, there are no visuals or illustrations or equations. Unfortunate, because I think I'd love to see pictures of the things Bill Nye has done to his home to make it more energy efficient.(less)

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Well. I didn't know that this was a "series". Apparently Goodreads thinks so. I happened to just stumble on the fact that Bill Nye had another book with a similar catchy Un-based title when browsing at a bookstore, and then proceeded to not buy it in favor of using an Audible credit for it. Which is fine, but eventually I'll probably buy it (them) anyway, because they are both great books.

Undeniable goes into evolution, and was, to me at least, a little surprising in how disparaging and critica
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Bill Nye, the science guy, so this was a treat to listen to just on that basis. His enthusiasm & love for science is boundless & very upbeat. On top of that, he has a very good message about the evidence for & ways we can alleviate climate change & stress on the world with our burgeoning numbers & voracious wants & needs. He also continually keeps the rest of the world in mind, not just the US. There wasn't a lot of material new to me, but he packaged it really well.

All was not perfect. H
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed Undeniable, but I must say I was not a fan of this one. I'll just say it: some of the chapters are sinfully boring and even inaccessible.

The book has some strong earlier chapters about alternative energy and engineering. I learned about interesting facts though I must say some diagrams/ pictures would be enormously helpful (odd he didn't consider this given his TV show).

What really irked me about the book is that he talks very little about sustainability, mass consumption, and
Darius Murretti
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Note:This book is definitely to be reread(listened to ) again and again back to back readings(listenings ) . Do not make the mistake of reading (listening) it just once. Immediately start again. You will enjoy it MORE the second time. You will see both Nyes strengths and weaknesses clearer the second time . You will see his approach clearer and be able to sit yourself with a denier if you listen to this book 2-3 times back to back.

Note: the last 1 hour of this audio book is a solid 5 star pep t
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet review:

2017 President: Donald Trump

Pick for Energy Secretary: Rick Perry

EPA Secretary: Scott Pruitt

Other Cabinet Members

This a book people will read in 30 years and laugh how wrong it was. Like 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Only we might be living on boats like Waterworld or riding dusty vehicles like Mad Max.

Better brush up on your dystopias.
Michael Hicks
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, bought
My original Unstoppable audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Dealing with climate change requires a fundamental change in the way we think about and view our place on this planet – according to Bill Nye, we have to view our role as owners of this earth, rather than mere renters. The earth needs our constant attention and we have to be careful about what we put into the air, water, and land since we all share these resources.

In Unstoppable, Nye rejects the altruisti
Tudor Vlad
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
It's hard not to love a book written by Bill Nye, he's so passionate and fun. According to Goodreads this is the second book in the "Un..." series but you don't need to read the first book to enjoy this one. Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation talks about the theory of evolution and its deniers, Unstoppable talk about global warming and how we can use current and future technology to *try* and buy Earth some more time. Really insightful, it explains in great detail how all current ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: non-fiction
Nye opens up a fire hose of ideas and proposals to fix global warming, some are pretty far out there, but I agree with his basic premise, try everything and see what really works. I was worried that this book might be too shallow to engage someone who's already familiar with many of the issues and has a science background, that was not the case. Indeed, in the case of electrical power distribution, it's the first time I've ever seen mention of resistive and reactive loads outside an EE manual. T ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
After hearing about Bill Nye's first book, Undeniable, through the podcast StarTalk which Mr. Nye often is a part of these days, I was excited when I heard that he was working on a book about climate change. So when the book was released this November, I had to get my hands on it for a few reasons. First I wanted to learn more about climate change and second I have come to really respect Mr. Nye as an educator and a writer. Thankfully, this book did not disappoint! Mr. Nye produced another book ...more
Kory Shrum
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Listened to it on audiobook and love his voice and energy. Smart writing by a funny guy :)
Carrie Kellenberger
Excellent reading and very informative. Wish we had listened when we had the chance! There is still time to make changes.

Bill Nye offers simple tips for each of us to play our part in making our home a better place.

We can all make simple changes in our lives to help keep the world safe for future generations.

Highly recommend!
Heino Colyn
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I grew up with Bill Nye the Science Guy and remain a big fan of Bill Nye's work to this day - his enthusiasm is infectious and what he is doing is now more important than ever. What I'm trying to say is that I'm slightly biased :)

Since this book was written, some good things happened (SpaceX!) but there were also some bad things (Trump). I'm also not sure if the environmental impact of factory farming as increased dramatically since publication, but it felt strangely missing from this book and I
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
He gives a simple explanation of the greenhouse effect. Energy from the sun passes through the atmosphere, strikes the planet's surface, and is partially absorbed. The surface warms a bit. The rest of the heat is radiated back into space. But some of it is trapped by certain atmospheric gases, especially water vapor and carbon oxide. It works the same way as glass in a greenhouse. We need that to keep our planet hospitable for life. The problem is that now our greenhouse effect is getting strong ...more
Kelly McCoy
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Interested in how to manage climate change?
Tired of arguing that facts are facts?
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye

“Unstoppable” is a wonderful, upbeat plea to make a better world through science. It focuses on the many environmental challenges we face as a planet and provides hope through science and engineering on what we can do to rise to address them. Mechanical engineer, science educator, and Emmy award-winning TV personality Bill Nye the Science Guy provides readers with yet another gem. This enjoyable 350-page book includes thirty-five cha
Jennifer Rayment
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read for everyone. So many people are so full of doom and gloom about the environment and think that it is beyond our repair. For all of you pessimists I encourage you to read this ASAP. Nye gives us hope that we can change and recover from all the damage we have done to this beautiful world. Throughout the book he discusses all of the rapidly changing technologies that will help us and most of all encourages us to make these changes. He also highlights that we could do more if government ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
First things first- absolute love for Nye's call to get more women and girls involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)! Yahoo! Yes! And he talks about this with such accessible, no-brainer logic (a skill of his, I must say). Half of us on this planet are female. If more girls get involved with science, the overall contribution to the scientific community will grow astronomically.

I mean, like, duh, right? And other girly responses.

Ok, and now for the rest. I really liked this
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Easy to read, and more importantly, inspirational. You don't need a degree in chemistry, or engineering, or even chemical engineering. Just as with his show, Bill Nye explained everything in incredibly basic detail. And if you can't visualize it in your mind, there's plenty of visual resources on the internet (which I had to make use of every once in a while).

He also emphasizes that he doesn't want to instill fear or shame in his readers. There is no "because you drive a non-electric car, you wi
S. Martin
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really inspiring with lots of ideas for clean energy both on the global and personal scale, many of which you can do at home any time! I do think Bill kinda treats "deniers/doubters" of climate change as if they're saying, "Oh, this is horrible! It can't be true! Nooooo!!!" when really, deniers and doubters are saying, "Climate change is full of shit, you're full of shit, I'm the most important thing in the world." So I agree we need to change people's attitudes, but in a different way than he c ...more
Mason Neil
Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Great information, not well written. Still worth reading.
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Bill Nye is an entertaining narrator and alot of the books, especially in the beginning, is the solid climate changing facts I was seeking to arm myself with but then Nye digresses to some highly speculative futuristic hi-tech scientific solutions to climate change that are just ramblings and some are just plain dumb like coming up with a GMO wheat that is white so it will reflect sunlight or making boats that put out a specific size of bubble that stays suspended in the ocean water and reflects ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bill Nye is an entertaining narrator and alot of the books, especially in the beginning, is the solid climate changing facts I was seeking to arm myself with but then Nye digresses to some highly speculative futuristic hi-tech scientific solutions to climate change that are just ramblings and some are just plain dumb like coming up with a GMO wheat that is white so it will reflect sunlight or making boats that put out a specific size of bubble that stays suspended in the ocean water and reflects ...more
Amber Scaife
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Bill Nye sets out his ideas on how climate change is (a) real (problem), but that it's not quite yet irreversible, and then explains ways in which we can start living a life that helps reverse those changes. I liked this one but I didn't love it as I wanted to, for a couple of reasons: 1) The Preaching-to-the-Choir syndrome (which I fully admit isn't the fault of the book at all) - there wasn't much here that I didn't know already and of course I agree with the arguments completely; and 2) The w ...more
Erica Clou
Had a very good start with larger climate and policy issues but then turned into a book about urban planning, and then fixing your house to be energy efficient. I got so bored with all the specific engineering.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I friggin love Bill Nye - have ever since watching his show as a kid. This book is really informative and has all kinds of good info on how to do reno's on your house with more sustainable stuff. Earth is our only home! We need to take care of her. ...more
Susan Visser
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
What a great book! Bill is a passionate scientist and a gifted teacher. He makes complex topics easier to understand, regardless of your age or experience with the topic. He doesn't preach and he doesn't use fear as a tactic to think about change.

Of course the primary topic of the book is climate change and the problems that the planet is struggling with today and the more drastic problems we will face in the future. Bill goes through a bunch of ideas that could help us reduce our dependancy on
4.5 / 5 stars

This review is also posted at http://readingnookandcranny.blogspot....

Science and technology are amazing things. We live in a golden age. Do you realize that Albert Einstein lived until 1955? That's just over 60 years ago. Most of what we know about science/physics/the universe/cosmology is really only a century old (at most). And considering that a lot of people live into their 90s, just take a minute to think about what that means for the young generation right now. Is your mind b
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Bill Nye, widely known as “the Science Guy” from his television show, clearly understands the significant ramifications of global climate change. The opening chapters of this book set forth the science that establishes the reality of this change and projects its impact on the planet. But this book isn’t a gloomy look at a future that must either be governed by uncontrolled climate change, or one where we have to sacrifice our standard of living to change the outcomes. Instead, this is an entirel ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This had a lot of interesting ideas and cool concepts in fighting climate change. Some parts were a bit too technical for me, but it's heartening to know how many options there really are. I also think that Nye laid out some excellent policy ideas to motivate change for the better, such as fee-and-dividend taxation schemes. Can we elect him to office? I would love to see more scientists involved in government.

It's been driving me insane for years that solar energy isn't more widely used. And eve
Son Tung
Apr 05, 2016 rated it liked it
3,5 stars: like this book. Very encouraging and practical read.

A lot of GR's review here did a very nice job summarizing this book.

Bill Nye has the talent to bring big, challenging subject to the public for interested citizens. This book is easily accessible and humorous at times, a mixture of short, informative answers for questions related to Climate change and how we can change the world.

It does not contain many heavy scientific concepts but along the way help me learn science about energy
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