Really enjoyed this one, felt like it had a lot more depth than many of the other nutrition books I've been reading, definitely more information denseReally enjoyed this one, felt like it had a lot more depth than many of the other nutrition books I've been reading, definitely more information dense than anything else I've read except for the China Study which has a lot in common with Fuhrman's book. I have little credible experience to review the information itself but I think it's compelling, and especially valuable when balanced against other perspectives and books.
I was slightly annoyed by the lack of a supplemental PDF for some of the information that just doesn't work well over an audio book. Pretty atypical on Audible and I ended up buying the book a second time on the Kindle store to get the additional information. I think it will be worth it.
There's also an abridged version for iPad that has additional videos. I'll update the review if I go through it....more
Absolutely wonderful, Tyson's boundless passion for science and astronomy come through in every sentence and while I'm rarely bored learning about theAbsolutely wonderful, Tyson's boundless passion for science and astronomy come through in every sentence and while I'm rarely bored learning about the cosmos no one brings it to life quite like him.
Getting the balance right on a book about science written to be accessible to a wide range of readers is a challenge, presumable even for such experienced educators but I found that it rarely was overly technical to the point that I lost a handle about what he was talking about nor did it feel too shallow to be interesting or consistently teach me new things throughout.
One thing that really stood out to me was how often he went into detail about the history of science from speculation of the neolithic people through to what we know now; bringing the process and the practices of science into a broader context and giving us insight into how much we've learned and how much we undoubtably still have yet to discover.
I particularly enjoyed his insights into the clashes of worldviews, theologies and politics and what roles they've played in science throughout our history. It underscores the need for an open mind and the importance of rejecting anti-science ideas in a time when it is so often derided and besieged.
All of which is not to say that this wasn't a book about our universe first and foremost — it is — from discussions of gravity to the nature of light, the smallest of particles to the possibilities of a multiverse you will find science and reason throughout. And yes, death by black hole, galaxies colliding, extinction events and ultimately the seemingly inevitable fact that one day far from now even our universe will die as the last light goes dark, you'll get plenty of insight into how it could all end for us.
Death by Black Hole never failed to leave me in wonderment over our existence and how much we still have yet to learn....more
There's an interesting idea behind the book but it was remarkably insubstantial in contrast to its potential.
It was a fine, well written introductionThere's an interesting idea behind the book but it was remarkably insubstantial in contrast to its potential.
It was a fine, well written introduction to psychology and happiness; seasoned mildly with historical quotes and discussions. It never digs deep enough, I was hoping for a stronger historical context and more substantial philosophy.
This book is worth reading if you want an easy introduction to emotional psychology but it could have been much more....more
Flawed but magnificent even so. I really enjoyed the complexity and abstraction of the book and its premise and while the plot seems to break apart aFlawed but magnificent even so. I really enjoyed the complexity and abstraction of the book and its premise and while the plot seems to break apart a bit toward the end I never lost my engagement and my imagination.
It was also a particularly interesting read seeing Bear's perspective on time and eternity having just read Asimov's The End of Eternity....more
Really interesting book but altogether too brief, I would gladly have listened to a book six times this length.
In particular, I would have loved to lReally interesting book but altogether too brief, I would gladly have listened to a book six times this length.
In particular, I would have loved to learn more about drinks in the middle and far east, African and indigenous American history — as it was it felt like most of it was presented purely as a context for the impact of coffee and tea on Britain and the west.
I'm really stoked to hopefully track down a few of the modern drinks that most closely match their historical analogs mentioned in the appendix, I'm so glad Tom included that!
I do plan on checking out some of Tom's other books, his history through food book in particular.
The narrator, Sean Runnette's mild speech impediment was also a bit distracting but no deal breaker. ...more