July 2, 2018 at 6:03 pm #5115
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July 12, 2018 at 2:48 pm #5118
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Got my book and starting today. It is pretty small/short, so hopefully it goes by pretty quick, as the title suggests 🙂July 12, 2018 at 3:36 pm #5121
I’m planning on reading mine on the plane next week. 🙂July 17, 2018 at 5:22 am #5125
Done! I really enjoyed this book. I read it pretty quickly, it only took me about 4 days to finish. It is not a long book, but it does take time because the content is so brainy. There were multiple passages & sentences that I had to read several times in order to fully comprehend things, or to get things to really sink in. But, don’t let that scare you, because the content is not too terribly in depth where it would make it too difficult of a read.
Physics is by far my favorite science, and by extension, astrophysics. I also like quantum physics too. But, after I left school, these are not areas that I’ve stayed “up on.” I don’t sit around and read science books. I love history, and can, and do, read history books all the time. But, science? Hell nah! It’s like, once I left school, I was free of science haha!
Reading this book was a great way to brush up on current astrophysics and feel smart all at the same time 🙂 My brother works in the field, and so when we are together, we always have great discussions about nerdy science stuff. It is fun!
I like how Neil organized the book. He was able to divide it up into several big topics, and get a little more detailed on each one without bogging you down with too much over-the-head science and math. I like how he puts the universe into perspective, which he also does in interviews too. It kind of “grounds” the universe, so that we can comprehend it without being too overwhelmed. My favorite part was probably the last chapter, where he talked about our individual psyche’s relationship with the universe. Love that! Because it draws on psychology to explain science. I am always fascinated by the cosmos and our place in it, and how insignificant we as humans, and we as individuals, really are. Like Neil, that doesn’t depress me at all. It makes me want to understand and learn more, and I enjoy that aspect of science very much.
Rhett loves all things outer space, so it has been fun over the years to experience that with him. I love when he asks me all sorts of questions that I don’t have the answer to, and then I can learn and find new things out. Whenever there is a “newsworthy” story about the cosmos, I enjoy reading about it, especially in this day & age when the daily “newsworthy” stories can be so stinking depressing.
In September, we plan to visit the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where Neil is. I will be on the lookout for him there! 🙂August 6, 2018 at 10:17 am #5152
For the life of me, this book would not upload to my Kindle. Never got around to reading it on the plane. So it’s my gym reading book. 🙂August 9, 2018 at 7:45 am #5153
Boo Kindle! I actually ended up buying this one because I thought it would be a good one for my shelves, so I didn’t end up getting this on my Kindle. The actual book is hardback with a cover, but it is a little size, like a mini-hardback. It is a super-cute sized book. I love mini-stuff! 🙂August 23, 2018 at 1:33 pm #5197
I tried and finished. Not my cup of tea. The sciences were NOT my subject of choice so it was a struggle from beginning to end to stay engaged.
The biggest take away for me was the scale of life in general. We, as humans, are so minute in the grand scheme of things. My favorite moments in life come in moments when I’m reminded of this – like when I’m standing on top of the Grand Canyon or a whale is breaching in front of our raft in the middle of the ocean. To think that the galaxy and our place in it is light years away from my own milestone moments is immensely humbling.August 28, 2018 at 6:19 am #5203
This book did “hurt my brain” at points. I shut the book and be like, okay, my brain is tired haha!September 11, 2018 at 11:38 am #5238
I am soooo far behind. I think I’m about 2/3 of the way through.
I usually like science and space and universe stuff. But yeah, this book sometimes hurts my brain. It’s also not a book to try to read while dealing with lots of stress. Because then I end up reading the same paragraph 3 times before deciding maybe it would be better to try another day.February 22, 2019 at 2:27 pm #5784
Finally getting around to this one. I enjoyed science and physics so I’m excited. Going to read a chapter or two a day and slow down a bit.
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