21 November 2009
Early this morning, or late last night, i finished reading Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith. I liked it. I feel bad because i read parts at work or while i was rather tired and know i would have learned more fully awake and alert. It is very good. I've read a lot of Carl Sagan and Tyson really reminds me of Sagan. He's trying to explain what we've learned about the universe in just a few hundred pages. Plenty of the info is relatively new, things we've discovered since 1990, and plenty doesn't make natural sense because the information is so far out of what we see everyday. Published in 2004, it mentions the Cassini-Huygens probe as a future source of data, so now i want to look that up and read some more. Tyson also disses mass media a few times, talking about how various giant discoveries don't make a nightly newscast. a 5 from me.
Switching subjects, is it not weird to others that we are already looking at next year's challenge lists? How about the fact that i've been making my YA Challenge list for about a month now? so strange. I don't want to do more than i did this year, when i had approximately 14 total challenges i worked on. Of course, some were all year and others were only for a few months. I know i am not going to do the TBR challenge next year as i've failed so miserably at it the last 2 years. I just saw on Bart's Bookshelf the 2010 Challenge so i think i'll sign up for that one. And the Science Book Challenge, and Classics or 1%, and etc, etc, etc....wow. And i'm working on a weekly geeks post for the best of published in 2009 books. I can't believe we can count the rest of 2009 in just a few weeks.