Definitely Still Worth Reading,
This review is from: Coming of Age in the Milky Way (Paperback)
Item reviewed: Harper Perennial edn (paperback), 2003.
This book is in three unequal parts.
The first and largest part (entitled "Space") of nearly 200 pp is essentially a history of astronomy from ancient times to 1988, when the first edition was published. It ends with Einstein and the expansion of the Universe. This part is excellent. The author writes very well in good English, making much use of analogies to explain scientific concepts. Anyone should find this entertaining. Being a history, it has not aged.
The second part ("Time"), of nearly 70 pp, is on how we discovered the age of the Earth and the evolution of stars. The third part ("Creation"), about a hundred pp, is a hotch-potch of chapters on quantum physics, superstrings, the origin of the Universe, and SETI. These two parts are also good but perhaps feel slightly stale 25 years later. While there are no specific bits to deter an unscientific reader, one without some previous reading of science will definitely find these parts harder going than the first part. The very best exposition of science for the unscientific is probably Bill Bryson's A Short History Of Nearly Everything.
There is also a seven-page Addendum to bring the 1988 story up to 2003, a good glossary, a timeline starting at the Big Bang, bibliography, and a good index.