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About the Author
BILL NYE holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, and worked as an engineer at Boeing before creating and hosting his Emmy award-winning PBS/Discovery Channel show. He holds six Honorary Doctorate degrees.
COREY S. POWELL is the former editor in chief of American Scientist and Discover, where he is currently editor at large. He is also a visiting scholar at NYU's SHERP science journalism program, as well as a freelance writer forPopular Science, Smithsonian, and Nautilus.
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Certain other things were interesting:
I found it fascinating that Bill officially took a side on GMOs: he's pro GMO now. If anyone follows it closely, you might know that before he was unsure and skeptical of the benefits of GMOs when compared to possible unintended consequences. After visiting a few Monsanto and research facilities (and gonig to an anti-GMO rally), his mind changed. Most of the resistance he has seen to genetically modified foods has less to do with the perceived safety of the food or ecosystems but with a basic mistrust in large corporations.
An interesting fact: about 30 percent of the earth is land for us plants and animals; humans farm about 11 percent of that dry land area; and yet 1 and 7 people are hungry. Its not that we don't have enough food he says, because experts estimate only about 55 percent of the calories we produce on farms get successfully incorporated into a humans diets.
The only one other species with the power to change the climate of an entire planet, thats the cyanobacteria better known as the blue-green algae.
Carbon dioxide molecules allow visible light with certain wavelengths to pass through but block the reradiated light rays that are of a different wavelength (infrared). This is why reducing CO2 emissions is vital towards improving accelerated climate change. Some other interesting methods are reflecting heat into the atmosophere through hydrosol, the name given to when nature produces bubbles in a liquid. Also increasing the albedo (amount of incoming light reflected back into space) by making white roofs and pavement.
Bill's sticking points are his lack of transition, despite the text being subdivided by so many chapters, and his frequent excursions; his lack of notes; and his lack of visuals which would have helped envision a lot, especially as a young reader. Positively speaking, he has a large expanse of knowledge and possesses good didactic skills - the text reads smoothly and is conversationally toned.
If you are a climate denier, please read, the science is there, it is all around us. Wouldn't it be better to err on the side of caution, rather than when it has caused damage to you personally?
Though Mr. Nye and I disagree on certain concepts I whole heartedly support the ideas found in this book, especially the chapters regarding NASA and NASCAR.
This should be required reading for everyone.
Lots of subjects, lots of information, best part Bill is the one reading it! Nothing better then hearing his little play on words and jokes in his own voice. I have seen where some people have pointed out some issues with battery power, energy per rate, and so on but to me those are minor things that will not take away from someone wanting to learn more about green energy and making a brighter future. (Yes for a science guy book they should not have made it to the final copy and print but for every day readers I don't think you will notice the issues. If it gets you wanting to know more then Unstoppable did its job and got you on your way to learning more.)
I love that this book is not just another negative look at what it means to live in a world where the climate is changing. There is no blame placed on anyone and it truly looks at it from a thoughtful and scientific view.
Five stars for this amazing book!
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Ich muss schweren Herzens einen Stern abziehen aus folgenden Gründen:
1.) Es gibt keine Illustrationen, die dem Buch allerdings sehr geholfen hätten.
Trotz Bill's visueller Sprache kann es manchmal schwer sein, Ausführungen zu folgen.
2.) Auf die Fakten hinter dem Klimawandel wird eigentlich wenig eingegangen. Hierzulande würde mich das nicht weiter wundern,
In Amerika (was die hauptsächliche Zielgruppe zu sein scheint), wäre es glaube ich noch gut gewesen etwas genauer auf die Leugner einzugehen. Hätte vermutlich ein Kapitel gekostet - das wäre es meiner Meinung nach wert gewesen.
Ich bin nicht gaaanz die Zielgruppe, nachdem mir die Thematik nicht neu war.
Dennoch gab es das ein oder andere "oh, cool!" Erlebnis.
Das Buch ist relativ klar auf Amerika ausgerichtet, auch wenn Bill das metrische System neben dem schwachsinnigen imperialen verwendet. (Ich glaube jedem Ingenieur und Wissenschafter ist bewusst, dass das metrische mehr Sinn macht)
Das Buch liest sich, als ob er sprechen würde. Dementsprechende sics, Witze oder Wortkonstrukte.
Wer sich grundlegende Bildung bzgl. Entropie, Strom und etwas Klima zulegen will und gleichzeitig Spaß dabei haben will, sollte es lesen.
Wer sich mit Energie und Technologie auseinandersetzen will, sollte es lesen.
Wer Bill Nye mag, sollte es lesen. Ein Teil des Buches behandelt seinen Wahn, sein Haus umweltschonend upzugraden.
Wer Bill Nye unterstützen will, sollte es kaufen. (Oder der planetary society beitreten)
Ich empfehle es weiter.