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Astronomy Saves the World: Securing our Future Through Exploration and Education Hardcover – December 9, 2016
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That being said, the pitch of the book is that widespread astronomy education will be majorly beneficial for society. He uses the book as a platform to combat religion and superstition. While i agree with his view on these subjects, he does not directly challenge these ideas nor make this a clear sticking point of the book. The language regarding these topics has a clear bias and sass that would likely offend a religiously minded reader. This contradicts the purpose of the book by excluding the very audience the author thinks (by my interpretation) needs this lesson the most. This is a book I would have liked to hand to my creationist family so they could better understand my perspective, but they language would be too off putting and likely make this worse. A fatal flaw that breaks the book's main argument.
Offensive to the target audience.
My only eye roll: the title. It’ll take more than astronomy to save the world...cape and tights optional. This world, our planet, will eventually die. Astronomy will, however, play a major role in possibly saving mankind.
The book does an excellent job showing how physics shaped (and continues to shape) our understanding of outer space such as how far away other stars and galaxies are, what they are made of, plus how big and how heavy. And knowing these things enables us to understand the beginning—and the end—of the universe as we know it.
Throughout the book are actual lessons in astrophysics that include (gasp!) math, but Batcheldor approaches each subject in an engaging and conversational manner. Even those who think they are adverse to numbers and diagrams will be delighted to discover that they are able to grasp concepts such as those taught in a university physics course.
How else does "Astronomy Save the World"? If we manage to keep our eye on the long-term future of life on Earth, we must look to the stars to consider where our next home may be before some yet-unknown threat wipes us out or when the sun eventually envelops our tiny rock several billion years from now. But where are these habitable planets? How far away? Astronomy will have the answer.
I really enjoyed reading this book and now have a greater appreciation of what I’m actually looking at up there in the starry night sky and our little planet’s place in the universe.