Top positive review
One of the best books of the kind I've ever read!
on 23 February 2012
I was expecting this book to oversimplify things and make them easier to digest, as both the title and the format suggested. However, the balance between information and readability is perfectly achieved here. There is quite a bit more than fifty ideas inside, despite the title, with literally all major concepts explained in detail, yet never in a bothersome or overly scientific way. On the contrary, the language couldn't have been more down-to-earth, which is a magnificent feat when dealing with astronomy, physics and chemistry. Although perfectly readable by itself, the book requires a fair amount of attention (and imagination!), as you're likely to encounter many of the concepts it presents for the first time, and the pace is unyielding, so don't expect the author to revisit terms that have previously been explained. The chapters are short and concise enough for you to carefully sift through everything, and as the book progresses, you'll realise how much of a favour you've done to yourself by doing that. Above all, don't rush through chapters that explain things you think you already know!
I used to believe that there was a great deal that we didn't know about the universe. By reading this book, I've come to understand that we know many things - it was I who didn't know them. I literally feel as if I comprehend life and the universe on a greater scale now. My biggest conceivable commendation to the author. This needs to be introduced as a bona-fide schoolbook.