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Bad Astronomy

Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing 'Hoax'
Lu par : Kevin Scullin
Durée : 9 h et 39 min
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Dr. Philip C. Plait sets the record straight on many modern hoaxes and myths. Appalled that millions of Americans don't believe in the moon landing, or that an egg stands on its end only on the vernal equinox, Plait hilariously spills the truth and informs us of scientific inaccuracies in our everyday vernacular.

©2002 Philip Plait (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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"Plait succeeds brilliantly because his clear and understandable explanations are convincing and honest." ( Library Journal)

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Steven
  • 07/12/2010

Answers to the astronomy questions that matter.

The first half of this book reads as a basic course in Astronomy, reviewing everything from the moon’s phases and the seasons to why the sky is blue. I considered myself educated in the subject before reading Bad Astronomy, but was surprised (embarrassed) by how much I either didn’t know or knew wrong. For the first half alone, I highly recommend this book.

The second half focuses on debunking rather strange claims about Astronomy and science in general. For a lesson in skepticism, I approve, but I can’t say exactly what I got out of it. I already understood that the moon landing was not a hoax and that biblical claims don’t jive with research. If you are on the fence on these subjects or want to debate the crackpot in your life, then all the more reason you should check out Bad Astronomy.

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  • Neuron
  • 12/07/2014

Learn the basic facts about basic astronomy

Having taken a university course in astronomy and astrophysics I did not expect to learn much from this book. Instead I thought that this would be a good rehearsal of the things I had learned previously. I was therefore surprised, in a good way, that this book taught me many things that I did not know. Even though it only deal with relatively basic concepts in astronomy (the book can really be read by everyone), it goes into a lot of detail and Phil Plait really tries to help the reader grasp the basic concepts.

For instance while I know that there are tides and that they have something to do with the moon, I did not know that there are two tides per day, and why it is so. I also knew that seasons are linked to the angle with which sunlight hits a particular part of earth, but the full story is, as you will learn if you read this book, more complex than that.

As Phil Plait writes in this book, many people seem to know things that aren’t true, and astronomy is no exception to this. Journalists and movie directors should take some blame for this given that they promote astrology ahead of astronomy and given that movies all too frequently get the science all wrong. The reader of this book will enhance their bullshit detector when it comes to sci-fi movies, and who doesn’t love the person who points out all the errors in a movie :). Just to take one example, space ships cannot make sounds in space because there is no molecules that sound can propagate through...

This book is for people who know nothing about astronomy and for those who think they know everything about astronomy.

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  • Ingwe
  • 03/04/2013

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Any additional comments?

Phil Plait, the "Bad Astronomer" does a fantastic job of explaining some common misconceptions in the field of astronomy. A must read if you're interested at all in astronomy.

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  • Ghost
  • 17/01/2013

Personable, insightful, educating, entertaining!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Without reservation. If you've always wanted to counter those Pseudo-scientific followers or espouse-rs, this is the ammo box of clear thinking and rational examples of why most of what "everybody knows" is wrong.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bad Astronomy?

The articles on the Moon and common misconceptions is enough to be a small book worthy of cocktail party chatter alone. The rest is simply brilliant.

What does Kevin Scullin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He presents this with a "Dicovery Channel" professionalism, delivery, and tone of voice that allows one to lose themselves in the narrative- the sign of a great voice actor. You believe he is the author, due to his immersion and conviction in the role.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Several laugh out loud moments- but many more "Ah-Ha!" moments. At least one "Eureka!" moment guaranteed per listener.

Any additional comments?

I cannot recommend the listen highly enough. It should be required at the elementary, high school, and college levels. And again 5 years after entering the marketplace. :)

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  • Rick A
  • 12/09/2012

A good insight to technical aspects of astronomy

I love science and physics concepts, but I can get lost with a lot of the ultra technical aspects of things like astronomy. (How someone can look at squiggles on a graph and determine the is Nitrogen frozen on Neptune is beyond me. But it's fascinating they can do it.) The author does a great job of explaining much of the technical nature of the astronomy to defend his positions without losing the listener in too much jargon. The narrator also has a very approachable voice and presentation style, instead of the professor type who is talking above you.

I especially enjoyed the explanations debunking of the moon-landing hoax conspiracies. For the sci-fi fan, the author shows you he is open to the idea of life "out there." But for the practical scientist he explains pretty well why it's not feesible to get ones hopes up for travel to the stars in the near future.

Overall a good listen

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  • tom
  • 22/11/2011

Interesting subject matter, but too elementary

I've only had 1 Astronomy course in my lifetime, but even a modest knowledge of science and astronomy in general will leave you bored with the basic subject matter. I kept fast forwarding through the chapter to come up with something to actually learn. However, if you have no clue as to why the sky is blue, or think that eggs stand up only on the equinox - this book is for you.

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  • david
  • 17/03/2011

not just astronomy

I think Philip has done a diservice with the title. It's not just about astronomy! Debunking commonly held misconceptions is intelligently performed and delightfully achieved. It's a great listen on my audible ipod when the family want to make television noises and I can't escape. One by one my urban myth misunderstandings were corrected and replanted. Well done for a geat listen and an academic approach that challenges. Being a recent convert from a religion to scepticism this book happily satisfied my itches for information in th real world

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  • tcp100
  • 26/09/2012

Interesting. Corny jokes and lousy narrator.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yep. The topics and facts sure are intriguing - and fairly well explained.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is the worst part. He's staccato and disinterested. Reminds me of when the teacher would force the stoners to read out loud in high school. The guy has no flow and no expression.

Could you see Bad Astronomy being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

What? This is the stupidest question I have ever seen. Seriously, Audible?

Any additional comments?

The author's sense of humor is horribly dry and corny. I understand trying to lighten things up but the jokes come off as amateur and groan-inducing. Stick to science. The intro explaining how he was "inspired" to write this book is numbing, too. Skip it.

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  • Noah
  • 03/03/2014

A feast for nerds

What made the experience of listening to Bad Astronomy the most enjoyable?

The author's wry, funny writing style.

What other book might you compare Bad Astronomy to and why?

No other book I know has this combination of scientific accuracy and entertaining narration.

Which character – as performed by Kevin Scullin – was your favorite?

N/A

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it's a book to be savored over a long period of time!

Any additional comments?

Phil Plait is one of the Alpha Nerds of our generation. Give him a listen!

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  • Linda
  • 11/02/2013

not what I expected

I was pleasantly surprised by how funny this book was. I enjoyed it and learned several things that I had believed heretofor were old wives tales and now I may not be smart but I am not as ill informed as I was.

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  • pitpat
  • 12/09/2017

Bit wieldy at times, but very good

It's a bit lengthy in some parts, there are definitely repetitions directly behind each other that could've been cut. But it's a very clever, very good book. And it's very likeable, friendly, sympathetic. Great work