I use Grammarly for proofreading
because there is nothing more embarrassing than critiquing a book and then finding typos in your own writing!
It’s been on my shelf for a while…
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking
Genre Non-Fiction (Science)
Sunday 5th January – Sunday 19th January (15 days)
2 morning, 3 afternoon, 2 evening.
This has been hanging around and waiting for my attention for a while now, but I kept being put off by the fact that I thought it was going to be complicated. I was worried it might be a bit too complex and that I would get bored because I didn’t understand, and therefore be put off finishing it.
I was wrong of course, this book is written for normal people, not theoretical physicists, and even someone like me, who has a fairly basic understanding and knowledge of science, can easily pick this up and get on with it.
Hawking is also quite dry and amusing, and framed with the diagrams and illustrations, manages to explain even the most complicated of ideas and concepts. Throughout the book we touch on string theory, quantum physics, worm holes, even time travel, with Hawking discussing theories, ideas and concepts in a fairly easy to understand way.
It does what it says on the cover – explains the universe in a nutshell, from its possible origins, it possible endings, and everything in between, gravity, light, atoms, particles, what the smallest thing we know of is, what’s outside our universe, what might happen inside a black hole?
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a bit of curiosity about the world around us, and the universe and how it works. I will be reading “A Brief History of Time” and searching for some of the other physicists and works listed in this book too.
Next book: The Mad Ship, Book 2: The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb