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Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World

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Bill Nye is a scientist, engineer, comedian, and inventor, as well as the New York Times bestselling author of Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, where he studied under Carl Sagan, and worked as an engineer at Boeing on the 747, before creating and hosting his much-loved Emmy award-winning PBS/Discovery Channel show "Bill Nye the Science Guy." He holds six Honorary Doctorate degrees from Lehigh University, Willamette University, Quinnipiac University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College, and Johns Hopkins, and visits Cornell regularly as a Professor in his own right.

Corey S. Powell is the former editor in chief of American Scientist and Discover, where he is currently editor at large and continues to write the "Out There" column and blog. He is also a visiting scholar at NYU's SHERP science journalism program, as well as a freelance writer for Popular Science, Smithsonian, Nautilus, and Aeon; his article "The Madness of the Planets" appears in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two daughters, and a small collection of Permian-era fossils.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (November 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250007143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250007148
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one book everyone should read within the near future. why? because Bill Nye, like all great science enthusiasts, knows how to make complicated fields of science accessible to all layman readers. Bill Nye makes the case why Climate Change, one of the single most important problems facing the world today, needs to be addressed. He thoroughly goes case by case about the many nuances that climate science has to offer when being studied. His accessible and witty prose, mixed with his ability to remain on point is absolutely riveting. But probably the best part about this book is that it is so convincing and applicable, that anyone who reads this will thoroughly understand why climate change is not a hoax. Climate Change is the top priority on our to do list right now. Because, one musk themselves: should we sit here and do nothing and remain comfortable, or should we risk losing a little bit of it in order to save not only the planet, but for our future children?
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This was even better than undeniable. Bill Nye is just so charismatic and passionate about science and has always fueled my love for learning and his books are always a must read!!
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Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye

“Unstoppable” is a wonderful, upbeat plea to make a better world through science. It focuses on the many environmental challenges we face as a planet and provides hope through science and engineering on what we can do to rise to address them. Mechanical engineer, science educator, and Emmy award-winning TV personality Bill Nye the Science Guy provides readers with yet another gem. This enjoyable 350-page book includes thirty-five chapters that cover a wide-range of topics pertaining to environmental issues.

1. Entertaining, practical, well-written and well-researched book for the masses.
2. A great topic, how to harness science to change the world for the better. “To the Next Great Generation. Embrace science. Solve problems. Make things. Change the world.”
3. A pleasant, upbeat, engaging and sometimes even humorous tone throughout. Some of the topics are indeed alarming but Nye’s upbeat tone and practical knowhow emits confidence.
4. There is a love of science and engineering that is palpable throughout the book. Bill Nye loves the knowledge that science provides and the problem-solving attitude of engineering. “Engineers use science every day to build things and to solve problems, sometimes seemingly intractable problems.”
5. Many great topics discussed but this book revolves around climate change and its impact. “In recent years, you’ve probably heard a great many people speak about addressing climate change with lists of things we shouldn’t be doing—like burning fossil fuels, coal especially. That guidance is useful, but we need to focus more on the things we aggressively should be doing—like developing ways to store renewable energy.”
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Dealing with climate change requires a fundamental change in the way we think about and view our place on this planet – according to Bill Nye, we have to view our role as owners of this earth, rather than mere renters. The earth needs our constant attention and we have to be careful about what we put into the air, water, and land since we all share these resources.

In Unstoppable, Nye rejects the altruistic notion that we have to “save the earth” – the Earth isn’t going anywhere. It was here long before us humans, and will be here long after us. Also rejected is the notion that climate change has always occurred, will always occur, and that we shouldn’t worry about it. The truth, as is often the case between two such extremes, lies somewhere in the middle. The Earth doesn’t need saving. Rather, we need to keep the earth habitable for us! If we’re not good stewards, or responsible owners, then we run the risk of making our planet inhospitable and hostile to our continued survival.

The goal, then, is to try and mitigate the effects of the global disaster that we have already created. With the amounts of carbon emissions that we are pumping into the atmosphere every second of every day, and the long-term trends that demonstrate the warmth and expansion of Earth’s waters, leading to changes in air and water currents, we’ve already created what amounts to an irreversible situation, or one that, if reversed, would take many, many hundreds of years. Hence the book’s title, Unstoppable. Rapid climate change is occurring, and the havoc that it will wreak on our entire ecosystem is a force to be reckoned with.
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When I first purchased this book I thought it strictly about climate change, global warming. Although the issue of climate change is clearly the main motivator of the text, more emphasis is placed on methods of efficiency, which for the most part mediates climate issues. That being said, I do not recommend this book to anybody who expects to read it and get a comprehensive summary on what climate change is and the evidence for it. Many ideas to improve the earth are covered and proposed, such as: carbon-free vehicles, efficient production of clean water, clean energy generation and use, and effective energy storage to name a few.

Certain other things were interesting:

I found it fascinating that Bill officially took a side on GMOs: he's pro GMO now. If anyone follows it closely, you might know that before he was unsure and skeptical of the benefits of GMOs when compared to possible unintended consequences. After visiting a few Monsanto and research facilities (and gonig to an anti-GMO rally), his mind changed. Most of the resistance he has seen to genetically modified foods has less to do with the perceived safety of the food or ecosystems but with a basic mistrust in large corporations.

An interesting fact: about 30 percent of the earth is land for us plants and animals; humans farm about 11 percent of that dry land area; and yet 1 and 7 people are hungry. Its not that we don't have enough food he says, because experts estimate only about 55 percent of the calories we produce on farms get successfully incorporated into a humans diets.

The only one other species with the power to change the climate of an entire planet, thats the cyanobacteria better known as the blue-green algae.
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