[James'] conversational and at times humourous approach attempts to re-inspire the audience to look more closely at everything around them... If you’d like to understand more about how science affects the world around you without complicated scientific jargon that goes with it, this book is for you. It’s an informative and accessible read that’ll make you rethink whether taking the rubbish out is as boring as you previously thought.
(Nina Pace Cosmos
James provides a satisfying and entertaining read for those of us who have a latent curiosity, for those who watch Nova or listen to Stephen Hawking and are still left scratching our heads, for those with curious children who demand more than 'just because' in answer to their questions, and for science teachers looking for student-friendly explanations... she doesn't claim to have the mathematical intelligence of Einstein, but she has something he didn't: the ability to explain esoteric scientific theories and concepts so that you understand them.
(Ruth Douillette Internet Review of Books
Professor James's enthusiasm for our Universe has made me quite ashamed that I've so long pined for a parallel one.
It is no small wonder that Renee James's small book is wonderful. Even readers with sciophobia (fear of science) will find this a fun read, as well as faithful and accurate. The writing shows that the author is wise in psychology, philosophy, and literature as well as science.
(Peter Kreeft, Boston College)
I strongly recommend picking up Seven Wonders of the Universe That You Probably Took for Granted. You’ll never look at the cosmos the same way again.
(Karri Ferron Astronomy.com
A lighthearted tour of everyday phenomena like light, time and gravity that also explores what makes Earth special and the evolution of life.
About the Author
C. Renée James is an associate professor of physics at Sam Houston State University. An accomplished scholarly writer, her popular science essays have been published in Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, Current Science, and Mercury.