3 out of 4 stars
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Scientists have used various concepts to describe the Earth. The most accepted assertion was that the Earth is spherical. Meanwhile, there had been other suggestions that the Earth was either triaxial or pear-shaped. However, Urban Vyaas likened the Earth to an egg. Hence, he put together The All is an Egg to explain this phenomenon. This book was not just about the Earth's shape; most of the discussions bordered around its makeup.
This was a 5-part book in which the author explained how everything in the world manifested an egg's characteristics. Inspired by the Dali museum, he explained the significance of the egg in the process of existence. Referring to the works of great scientists like Cassini, Granville, Kepler, and Moss, he was able to lay a solid foundation on which his thoughts were built.
Depending on the reader, this book could be seen from various perspectives. For the author, he wrote an essay to explain how everything we've seen (and still see) took a symmetrical pattern. For me, this book read like a research paper on the Earth's structure and makeup. The thorough research that went into this book was evident. I did appreciate the author's style of making references using the footer of pages. That way, I didn't need to wait until the end of the book to figure out each factual statement's source.
Throughout this book, the reader would see scientific and mathematical explanations of the different components of the Earth — the geosphere, the biosphere, and the noosphere. The author also delved into the scientific rationalization of religion and historical events. This was why I said this book would have different effects on diverse kinds of readers. Even when the author shared stories, there was a correlation between them and science. Also littered across this book are mathematical formulas and equations, theories by the likes of Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin, and scientific jargon. My foundation in sciences helped me to connect better with the author's narrative.
I would say that this book isn't for everyone; even the author clearly stated this early on in his introductory notes. This book would appeal more to folks who are curious about the scientific and mathematical explanation of human existence. However, a pre-knowledge of science would be needed to understand what the author tried to communicate fully. Additionally, the author provided some reading aids — pictures, sketches, and appendices. These elements helped me flow with the author's thoughts.
I wouldn't say this book made a fantastic read. However, the author had a specific audience in mind (as mentioned in my recommendations), and he wrote this book in a language and style they could relate to. The number of grammatical errors made me conclude that this book could use another round of editing. Therefore, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars.
The All is an Egg
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