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Amazing stuff repeated too many times
on 6 May 2013
The book is uneven. I loved it at the beginning, was annoyed and a little bored in the middle only to turn fascinated at the end. It is quite well written, accessible piece of popular science, I admit. But there are some serious drawbacks:
1) Repetitiveness: reading about the effect of gamma-ray burst once is really enough. The second time is slightly annoying, the third and the fourth simply spoil the pleasure.
2) Pointless information, given only with the purpose to impress: what is the point of telling me that as many as 300 billion muons per square inch can hit the Earth "from a nearby gamma-ray burst"? What does that "nearby" mean? How on earth does this information contribute to my knowledge?
Luckily, the last few chapters were such a feast for imagination that the book won my heart overall and I can recommend it with my conscience at ease.