Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Astrophysics, Not Astronomy

Cross-posted at Withywindle Blog.

I've picked my book for the 2009 Science Book Challenge - Hyperspace, by Michio Kaku. In my post on the Withywindle Blog about the Science Book Challenge, I had mentioned wanting to read something on astronomy, as I had been thinking about it recently. However I've since realized that astrophysics would be the more correct subject, I just couldn't think of it at that moment.

It's weird to say, but I really have been thinking about astrophysics lately (who hasn't??). I had recently started a fascinating article in a magazine, (possibly Popular Science, but I don't quite recall) about the universe and how many facets of it seems uniquely designed to create life, rather than life being a happenstance. Or something to that effect - I never got a chance to get very far into the article, as I was in a doctor's office and had to leave it behind.

Thinking even farther back, this past summer I spent a few hours by myself in a van with no radio, and I got to thinking about the creation of the universe (isn't that what happens to everyone when they're alone in a van with no radio??), and what might exist outside our universe, and so on, and so on, and eventually thought, "I need to read a book on this!". So I'm going to.


cyregray said...
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Jordan said...

Michio Kaku is a great author when it comes to things like astrophysics and theoretical physics. Good choice :)

Cynthia said...

Thanks... I started the book last night and love it already! I can't believe he made (or tried to make) an atom smasher when he was in high school!!