I am a bit of a space, astronomy nerd so this book was right up my street. It explores the origin of the Universe in a digestible and manageable way. I am not a physicist but I do have an interest in astronomy and physics therefore I wanted a book that would expand my interest without putting me to sleep. I loved the layout of this book as it started from the beginning of the universe and tackled the theories behind its origin then expanding onto more complex ideas. Not only did it look at the Big Bang which is probably the most renowned theory for the beginning of the Universe but also introduced a ‘bubble’ theory and more. It helped me understand some complex ideas and opened my mind other universe theories and the search for extra-terrestrial life.
Despite how interesting this book is I did feel like my head was going to explode at times; it took me a while to get through because I could only read a chapter or two at a time given their depth. Some chapters I flew through because of my particular interest in different topics such as the search for extra-terrestrial life and how there could or couldn’t be alien life in the universe given its overall age. I really enjoyed the speculation with what life would look like if it did exist and where it could be found.
I did find this book was difficult to read in parts because some of the ideas were a little complex or didn’t feed into my interests however this is a book that could be picked up and different chapters selected by the reader with their preferences taken into account. The book is structured in a way that each corresponding chapter relates to the previous in a timeline style from the creation of the Universe and there on, however it wouldn’t be necessary to read each chapter in order to grasp certain ideas.
There are handy notes at the bottom of each page to describe certain words and phrases, and sometimes references to sections in other chapters that focus predominantly on this area. I think this is a great help for the reader as to an extent Marcus Chown assumes the reader will understand some ideas and have a basic knowledge of some of the topics he is discussing. I know a little bit here and there about physics and astronomy but nothing to the extent of what he has written about. I think for someone who has studied the area, this book would be an interesting and easy to understand read, however I found it to be a bit overwhelming if I was to read any more than one section in one sitting. It is a good book for someone with an interest in physics, the beginning of the universe, alien life and a general all-rounder but don’t be mistaken you will have to work to get through this book.
I gave The Never-Ending Days of Being Dead a 3 out of 5 stars on goodreads and would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys this area.