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A very mixed bag
on 30 July 2015
It seemingly falls to me to be the very first to give this book a 3-star rating. Obviously I've got a bit of justifying to do!
I can summarise my views by saying that I agree with practically all of the previous reviewers, with the important exception of those, mainly 1-star commentators, who question the rigour of Dr Sagan's arguments. I happily dismiss them out-of-hand.
My rating is in effect an amalgam of the 5 stars I would have given the first 60% or so and the 2 stars for the rest of the book. I've just realised, by the way, that the mathematicians amongst you will be protesting that 60% of 5 stars plus 40% of 2 stars gives a 76/100 score, or 3.8 stars, and, therefore, demanding to know why I didn't award 4 stars as the nearest whole number. This could provoke a row Sagan himself would have revelled in. All I can say in my defence is that 3 stars reflects my overall "feeling" by the end of the book, whose last few chapters were, I felt, actually in the wrong book altogether. Such a shame from such an intellectual giant!