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A very Good Overview of Current Science,
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This review is from: What a Wonderful World: One Man's Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff (Kindle Edition)
Marcus Chown is very good at explaining difficult ideas in a way that is accessible to any intelligent non-expert. This book covers a very wide range of topics and Marcus has had to tap the brains of experts in many different disciplines. As a physicist he can speak knowledgeably on those subjects but in other disciplines he has had to rely on current orthodoxies that may soon be overturned. For example he does not cover satisfactorily in my mind the problem of the planet Venus which shows many anomalies in its behaviour - a rotation opposite all the other planets, a surface temperature hot enough to melt led, his statement that the high temperature is the result of greenhouse heating is not convincing, a much younger planet still in the process of radiating inner core heat might prove the real reason, the presence of gases in its atmosphere normally associated with comets rather than planets and a surface entirely different from a planet of its supposed age. My overall judgment is that it a very good summary of present knowledge but lacks a certain amount of forensic investigation of those ideas that seem ripe for more than another look.
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2015 09:56:32 GMT
Mr. J. L. Davies says:
How would Venus be a younger planet? The Solar System was formed 4.6 billion years ago, that includes the planets.
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