I was really excited about reading this book and unfortunately I was completely disappointed with this one.
The book itself is gorgeous; a jacketless hardback with copper foiling, this intrigued me from the first time I saw it.
This is marketed as a simple starter book of physics, told in seven lessons. However, I felt that this book was extremely superficial, giving too much of the authors own bias despite being extremely simple.
I also found that though every other scientist in the book was described through their scientific work, the author felt the need to define Stephen Hawking with the following:
…the physicist famous for having continued to produce outstanding physics despite a medical condition which keeps him confined to a wheelchair and prevents him from speaking without a mechanical aid.
- Who doesn’t know who Stephen Hawking is?
- Why isn’t he described through his scientific breakthroughs instead of his disability? (granted the author then goes into his development in black hole theory but this introduction to a world-renowned physicist made me feel uncomfortable)
- Why was this description even relevant to the book?
I felt that this book took simplicity to a level where the author was almost talking down to the reader and although I am no expert when it comes to science and physics, I think if you’ve read or watched science-fiction or anything to do with science or space, you will not take much away from this. The only good thing I could say about this (apart from the beautiful packaging) is that it has made me want to read something more in depth about these topics.
Overall I couldn’t recommend this book to be honest. I think there are other books out there that would explain these scientific theories in a better way.
1 out of 5 stars!