An excellent introduction to science both for children as well as Adults. From the beginning, I was captivated to see how the words have married with the images to create a definite impact and sustain the interest.
The illustrations are outstanding. without engrossing and well placed illustrations, this book and the subject it covers, would not create such effect. Visuals, placed in suitable conjunction with words, create an awesome effect. For me, it was sheer pleasure and excitement, reading each page and enjoying the illustrations. The placement is such that it creates the effect of a journey. A journey through science and its key discoveries which have had unending impact on life as we know it today.
In terms of content, the author, R.Dawkins has managed to simplify and explain various concepts in a very lucid manner. Even non science people would be able to understand the different concepts, expressed in the clearest possible manner. The choice of topics are very interesting. I really loved the chapter on the universe. The words and the images created a mesmerizing effect. This book has really helped me to fall in love with science again..
I also like the way the author admits his strengths and weaknesses while discussing the topics. forthrightness is always welcome.
The significant aspect of this book is how the author has managed to weave myths and modernity together. Starting off with myths regarding these concepts and then moving off into the science part of it. Demystifying stories and concretizing facts, I love the approach. It helps to keep the interest and also remove the cobwebs in our minds.
The author is a known critic of religion so it is not a big surprise, seeing the way he tears religious myths down . S
I really found it engrossing.
When I first chose this book, it was out of a mixture of desperation/experiment feeling and I liked the feel of the title and cover. It was a risk because I am not the one who goes for absolutely unknown writers (This is my First T.S.Learner) I love mysteries/thrillers and usually by tried and tested authors.
But I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe a bit draggy, but generally the author is very skilled at creating the scenarios and characters. Plus her knowledge of facts and how she has used it in this book is very good. And I actually felt moved by the fate of the characters Andere , Izarra, edouard, and jimmy peters. The part on the tree of life is fascinating and also how the mazes were created. Also found the character of Olivia intriguing. Is she good/bad?There is a questionmark there. She is definitely psychic. The book picks up pace after the first 1/4.
Actually several questions left hanging for which I guess I need to read the sequel. What happens to august? Is he finally acquitted of the crimes thought to have committed? Will there be a face to face between him and Hully? How does he deal with the betrayal? What about Gabirel? Will August re -unite with Cecily? Though I guess Izarra was closest to him.
I was really fascinated by the story of the Basques. And the suffering of people under colonialist yoke is highlighted well and it is moving. Also of the kabbalah.
At the end of the day, she is able to grip and capture my interest. And I feel glad that I chose this book.