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Death by Black Hole - And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Apr 18, 2012

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Read from April 18 to 26, 2012

I think this book is a solid 3 star. The writing made it very approachable and at times humorous. There were basic physics principles that he managed to explain in a way that made them make sense for the first time for me. But...

Almost everything he talked about was stuff that I learned in elementary school. And his self-righteous "my profession is the noblest is the world" attitude got to be too much to handle by the middle of the book. And other reviewers have made the very good point that the lack of rigorous editing has led to numerous ideas being explained (in the exact same fashion) up to four different times. And given that most of this is core education level science, it gets a little old. I would recommend just reading the first half of the book. You get everything out of it that you're going to by that point, and his attitude won't be too grating yet.

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04/18/2012 page 18
83.0% "While still enjoying it, getting a little fed up with the superior attitude of the author."
90.0% "Oh my gosh. Astrophysicists and astronomers are SO full of themselves."
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