3 out of 4 stars
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Space, Earth and Evolution Sciences by Boualem Hammouda is a detailed account of the Universe divided into three segments. The author begins with the solar system, moon, Earth, giant planets, and asteroids. He explains the degree of hotness of the sun, estimating that, in the next 500 years, the Earth may no longer be habitable.
The author explains space exploration as the use of space technology to explore outer space and address fundamental questions about our place in the Universe. He believes that we expand technology, create new industries, and foster exploration between government and private ventures by addressing these challenges. This book discusses the time of the eons, eras, and epochs, each explaining the formation of life on Earth.
I want to start by appreciating the author for breaking down somewhat ambiguous topics into fragments that a layperson can grasp. The title is enough to scare away readers not inclined to the sciences. However, the book isn’t as complicated as the title suggests. It contains information that every human being on Earth needs to know. More so, the author straightforwardly presents this information.
The author has spent a better part of his life working on this project. The depth of research and application of knowledge of our immediate environment and space is exquisite. I like that the author lets the reader into and beyond the heart of this book by presenting resources for further research. These resources aren’t arranged in a glossary at the end of the book as many authors prefer to do. The author uses footnotes to point the reader in the direction to get more knowledge of what has been said on a particular page. Although this might be risky, as it can take the reader away from the book, I believe readers will always find their way back.
The author has made this book participatory. He does this by including questions at the end of most chapters. These questions will help the reader to form their opinions around what the chapter discusses. It isn’t surprising to see this, as the author has spent over ten years teaching in different capacities.
Another impressive aspect of this book is the inclusion of images. These images include diagrams, charts, graphs, real pictures, and so on. This will help readers to understand some of the scientific terms and objects better. For instance, the image of the butterfly nebula shows the arrangement of galactic bodies in the shape of a butterfly.
All things being equal, this book deserves a perfect score. However, there’s one niggling issue that takes the book down a notch — the number of grammatical errors. This book will benefit from another round of editing. There’s no other issue I have with the book. Therefore, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars.
Though I believe everyone can read this book, there’s still a specific audience to which it will most appeal. Anyone interested in better understanding the Earth, space, and all the scientific elements that make our world tick is welcome to enjoy this book.
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