Home Authors Books Subjects Events Software Features Links Newsletter Gifts Blog Write Review What's New

Review - Bad Astronomy - Philip Plait

 

Visit bookshop

There is something very appealing in reading about other people getting things wrong - and a book like Bad Astronomy gives us just that chance, detailing as it does mistakes and misapprehensions on the astronomical and cosmological front.

It's a lot more than that though - it's a great way to pick up the basics on tricky little questions like 'why is the sky blue?' and contains a wealth of information on astronomy and other sky/space related queries. It is written in an engaging, light way - only when he's explain the tides does he get a little confusing. My only slight concern is that the author comes across as irritatingly smug in his dismissals. Oh, and quite often he gets so excited telling us about some astronomical phenomenon that he forgets to tell us about the misunderstandings and goes straight for the facts - but he always returns to the main theme after a while.

If you've ever been inclined to think you can see stars in the daytime by looking up from the bottom of a well; if you thought that water went down the plughole in opposite directions depending on which hemisphere you are in; if you've wondered what Velikovsky's theories are all about; if you doubt Apollo ever reached the moon; or if you just want to be smarter than the average person on some impressive astronomical facts, this is the book to go for.

Also in eBook download:

Visit bookshop Visit bookshop

Reviewed by Brian Clegg

DISCLAIMERS

This site has no connection with Popular Science magazine or other sites and publications with a similar name.

Much of the content of this site is written by popular science writers or friends of popular science writers. Inevitably many of the reviews in such a small community are written by or about someone we know. We always aim to be impartial in our reviews, but there is a connection which we need make clear, as there is no intention to deceive. The content of any review or article is solely the opinion of the author and should not be read or understood on any other basis. The site exists to promote popular science writing and popular science authors and for this reason should be considered promotional material, just as the editorial reviews in an online bookshop or the blurb on the back of a book should be considered promotional.

The website should not be eaten or used where it can come into contact with water.

Disagree with our review? Want to comment on a feature? Contact us at info@ popularscience.co.uk - have your say!

Part of the Popular Science  site

Copyright Creativity Unleashed Limited 2005
Last update 05 June 2007