March Science Read: From Eternity to Here

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Thrilled to announce I finally got my hands on my March 2016 science read! I’m about six days behind on my March read, mainly because I was umm-ing and uh-ing about what my third read of the year should be. I was tossing up between Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Sean Carroll and Brian Greene. I wanted to learn a little bit more about space time and the universe, but I was worried I might pick a book that was a little too similar to what I’ve just read in Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time and Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything.

In the end, I ended up picking Sean Carroll’s From Eternity from Here, mainly for three reasons: 1) I had read a pretty interesting interview in the paper with Sean Carroll about the recent detection of gravitational waves, 2) the ever-erudite Brain Pickings recommended Sean Carroll’s book as a follow-up from Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, which as you know was my February read, and 3) well, this is a rather more mundane reason, but I went to a few bookshops and From Eternity to Here was the only one of the three they had in stock. Which was surprising, because I’d expect Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Brian Greene’s books to be more easily available as they seem to be the more popular science authors out there! Perhaps it is the universe trying to tell me I should read this book?

I would like to read Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries, and also something by Michio Kaku one day, but I think I will leave them for a much later date. Once I’m done with Sean Carroll’s From Eternity to Here, I think that, as interesting as these subjects are, it would be time to leave space time and quantum mechanics for a while and turn my attention to other, more tangible parts of the universe. I’ve already got a list of books lined up which I plan to order early so I don’t get caught out as I did with my March read, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, I’m off to learn a little bit more about time.


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