The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution, Second Edition (Library of Flight) Subsequent Edition
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About the Author
- Publisher : AIAA; Subsequent edition (January 1, 1998)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 314 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1563472600
- ISBN-13 : 978-1563472602
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.75 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,199,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mr. White has been labeled a "Space Philosopher" and rightfully so. I'm not a fast reader, and very rarely I would find a book that I just can't put down, and this is one of those books.
This is the best way I've found to enjoy this book.
Read the first 4 chapters in order, that will give you a basic solid understanding of what the thesis of the book is. It does get a little repetitive, but I think its due to Mr. White wanting to make sure you understand what he's talking about, and why he's talking about it. This 1st section of the book also includes many quotes from actual Astronauts, so its interesting to read what they thought of their experience.
Once you've done that, the fun part begins. Go to the table of content and find the chapters of the topics you are most interested in and read them. That's the process I'm going through now, and its working great.
The chapters vary in length, with the longest being roughly 20 pages long, which means you can easily go through 2+ chapters in a day if you like. As I said I'm a slow reader, and it seems like the 2nd section of the book is where its Philosophy heavy, but it reads more like notes of a "futurist", its quite fascinating.
One thing I've found helpful is to always have a pen with me, I would underline sentences, and make notes of certain ideas he's mentioning, it really helps the information sink in.
I personally am enjoying my experience so far reading this book (Second Edition), and I can see my self referring back to it in the future to revisit some of these ideas.
If your interested in Space travel and/or philosophical thinking about future life beyond on the planet "Earth", then you would enjoy this book.
Truth in reviewing: I didn't come close to finishing this turkey. Trust me, you don't even want to start it.
White explains how going into Space will change us, and make us better. The process starts with the Overview Effect that turns the entire Earth into our neighborhood. It continues from the Moon, when a single gloved thumb at arms length can cover everything we've ever known. This view is the Copernican Perspective, and it exposes our insignificance and vulnerability. Finally there is the Cosmic Insight, which occurs from the outer reaches of our Solar System, and inspires us to take our rightful place in the Universe.
White explains all this much better than I can in this quick review.
I am very puzzled by the negative reviews of this book. Maybe these people believe that "if you've seen one star you've seen them all". My guess is that there are some important differences in metaphysical assumptions about reality that cause people to either love or hate this book.
I'm not exactly sure what that difference is, but I suspect it has to do with our preconceived notions about humanity's place in the universe, and in our capacity to wonder.
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Edition 2 features interviews with Female space explorers as well.