20 Second Book Review: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate FrontierSpace Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A collection of essays, speeches, and interviews on the topic of space exploration, Tyson discusses the challenges inherent in returning humans to outer spaces.

Because it wasn’t written as a single book, many of the points he makes get repeated throughout. But they’re still worth considering. For example, the Saturn rocket, which made it possible for humans to reach the moon, has yet to be surpassed. He also argues that NASA’s budget needs to be doubled. Spin-off technologies from space exploration like CAT scans and memory foam mattresses would increase if NASA did more space exploration. This generation is becoming more and more scientifically illiterate and for that reason, the United States is being surpasses by places like China which, he has no doubt, will soon put its own Taikonaut on the moon. All good points, but they tend to get repetitive.

Dr. Tyson is, in a way, the next Carl Sagan, a scientist who makes difficult concepts accessible to a mass audience with little scientific background (ie: me). I remember watching Cosmos in Grade Four and actually understanding his description of what would happen if you travelled at the speed of light, according to Albert Einstein (every gets old, you stay the same age).

For his part Tyson introduce me to the Lagrangian Points which made me feel pretty smart until they were mentioned in last week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory.

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