Dr. Philip C. Plait sets the record straight on many modern hoaxes and myths. Appalled that millions of Americans don't believe in the moon landing, or that an egg stands on its end only on the vernal equinox, Plait hilariously spills the truth and informs us of scientific inaccuracies in our everyday vernacular.
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"Plait succeeds brilliantly because his clear and understandable explanations are convincing and honest." (Library Journal)
The egg story is a small and early tale. He also sheds light on asteroids, the moon illusions and stuff they get wrong in movies. I was a bit disappointed in the narration as it set something of a dull tone, but maybe because I know the author's voice.
Phil Plait has written some great books. His Bad Astronomy blog is always entertaining and educational and he is a prolific Tweeter. The academic levels vary from post to post, book to book and tweet to tweet, so one could be a little apprehensive about what level of astronomy understanding one would need to appreciate this book. This book is pitched at those who are not overly knowledgeable about astronomy related facts. Having said that, it still threw up facts I did not know. His writing style is very easy going and I would have loved to have listened to Phil narrate the book himself. Kevin does an OK job, but Phil's exuberance would have lifted it another notch. I still gave it 5 stars, as the content is excellent.
I've decided to buy the book after listening to few interviews with Phil where he appeared as an engaging and funny guy. I also read the 'Death from the skies' which was quite alright. This audiobook was all in all disappointing. Prepare to listen for two hours about how people can stand eggs on any day of the year etc. I admit I didn't check thoroughly what the book is about (and didn't listen to a sample). I must have assumed it would be about some cutting edge technology and latest astronomical misconceptions popularized in TV and other media. It's not. As far as I survived through the audio it was about folk stories, eggs and little to no scientific discourse.
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