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book review | The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins the Magic of Reality book reviewAuthor: Richard Dawkins
Title: The Magic of Reality
Series: –
Genre: Science; Philosophy
Pages: 271
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

The Magic of Reality” by Richard Dawkins is an amazing book. Just what I needed for the weekend.

About the Book: With great passion author tells us how magical our reality is. And how unfair it is to call things we don’t understand – supernatural. That sort of implies it cannot be explained and creates a dead end for progress. Instead, he tells us myths that explained earthquakes and rainbows and what they really are. Tells us how we know there are planets out there, and how we found out that Earth isn’t, in fact, flat or at the center of the universe. Author tells us, in short, that the very fact we are here, made out of stardust, is magic itself, even if we know the science behind it.

My Opinion: A very interesting and very engaging book. Went from cover to cover in one sitting and regret nothing. There’s some science, not too much, with author very willingly admitting to the things he doesn’t know, understand, and therefor – cannot explain to us. The rest is just beautiful bunch of pointing in awe, look at this, look at that, do you know what ancient people called this? The only con I have got downgraded at the end. Author seemed to be very condescending towards people with different beliefs. But by the end of the book I realized that it is because he feels like it devalues otherwise a priceless phenomena.

Even though I believe some things can be said with a little more manners, I’ll give this book a 5 out of 5 nonetheless.

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book review | Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Carlo RovelliAuthor: Carlo Rovelli
Title: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Series: –
Genre: Physics; Science
Pages: 81
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Never thought I’ll describe a book on physics lovely, but… “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics” by Carlo Rovelli was a lovely read.

About the Book: The book describes the birth of seven discoveries in physics. From general relativity and what else it triggered, to black holes, dark matter, and the beauty of our universe. Our part within it, and the future we might witness.

My Opinion: It’s very well written for someone like me, who isn’t versed in physics. Author’s love for the subject (or the whole seven of them) shines out of every page. A pleasure to read.

Time well spent. 5 out of 5.

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book review | Black Holes and Baby Universes by Stephen Hawking

stephen hawking black holes and baby universesAuthor: Stephen Hawking
Title: Black Holes and Baby Universes
Series: –
Genre: Nonfiction; Science
Pages: 192
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I’ve read “Black Holes and Baby Universes” by Stephen Hawking for about a year. Not fully due to my understanding of physics being too small, and want to understand – too great, thus with a need arising constantly to go find more information and some explanations. But also due to this book being a very pleasant exercise for brain, something to wake up to that doesn’t instantly dumb you down for the day.

About the Book: The book consists out of shot little varied essays. From biography, life, illness, and what it meant for the author. To theories of black holes, particles they radiate, space travel, imaginary time, our universe, how it began, how it might end. Most of it is very easy to grasp and understand, and all of it is interesting and very easy to read.

My Opinion: The book, the essays, are written so well that at times you find yourself cold, because you just sat there, in the open cosmos, staring at a black hole radiating particles, or chasing after dark matter. It was very interesting and pleasant to learn more of topics seemingly so widely discussed nowadays, what with the unbelievable photograph of an actual black hole having happened. And even though, yes, I needed to ask friends in the field of physics, to explain me some things, which they graciously and patiently did, the book was so worth reading, and is absolutely accessible even to people like me – with less than bare minimum of physics knowledge. Besides, author has a pretty great personality that shines through. And if Hawking himself says everyone and anyone can achieve greatness, well, we better get on with it.

Which Hawking book should I take next? Because I absolutely need another one. This one gets a firm 5 out of 5, and I can highly recommend it to all the curious souls out there.

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