The Milky Way Smells of Rum and Raspberries
...And Other Amazing Cosmic Facts
by Jillian Scudder
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Pub Date 14 Feb 2023 | Archive Date Not set
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An offbeat guided tour of the Universe, focusing on weird and wonderful facts.
Astrophysicist Dr Jillian Scudder knows more than most of us what a surreal place the Universe can be. In this light-hearted book she delves into some of the more arcane facts that her work has revealed, and tells us how we have actually managed to discover these amazing truths.
Did you know: the galaxy is flatter than a sheet of paper; supermassive black holes can sing a super-low B flat; it rains iron on a brown dwarf, and diamonds on Neptune; you could grow turnips on Mars if its soil weren't full of rocket fuel; the Universe is beige, on average; Jupiter's magnetic field will short-circuit your spacecraft - and, of course, the Milky Way smells of rum and raspberries.
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Average rating from 22 members
This book was so entertaining to read and incredibly informative and compelling. The chapters are small and easily digestible, and the writing style appeals to every kind of reader, whether you’re a scientist, a non scientist, an enthusiast or someone who just wants to know cool facts about the universe. This book is for everyone.
I love a book that can take complex notions and information and make them understandable and interesting. I also love a book that uses footnotes for humour which adds an extra x1000 stars for me, as it adds to the entertainment factor and had me regularly chuckling.
It balances information with an easy writing style, fun and humour. What could be better for a nonfiction book?
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