4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good read for physics-phobic!,
This review is from: Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines, Second Edition (Paperback)
My son (now 9) and I are great fans of Professor Al-Khalili and after watching a few of his programmes and attending his lecture (Standing on the shoulders of Eastern Giants) at the Physics Institute I bought his book. My son is keen on black holes and time travel and the book blurb informed that this book is aimed perhaps at teens and those with limited understanding of this particular area of physics. To tell the truth I have limited understanding of ANY area of physics so all books of this ilk are likely to be a challenge for me! In fact as the only person in my year at school to fail physics 'o' level this was naturally going to be outside of my comfort zone.
My son very much enjoyed having this book read to him whilst he enjoyed his mid-week soak in the bath. We both enjoyed Jim's easy going and accessible writing style and his sense of humour and we both benefited from the array of diagrams and illustrations. I have to say I still struggle to get my head round some aspects of the subject matter and probably always will but my son seemed to understand quite a lot of what we read and was able to discuss it and give examples and analogies of his own. But even considering the complex subject it was never a really scary book to have a go at and we were sad to come to the end. We continue to dip in and out as we continue to encounter the physics elsewhere.
We aren't boffins by any stretch of the imagination just home educators who love to read and like to try and understand.
My son wishes to add 'hmmm, it's a good book!'