Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for granting me access to an advance readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ah, science! How we love you, even when we have no idea what you are talking about! The sheer complexity of physics really does need simplifying for the majority of us non-scientists. The trend for reading popular science books is always on the increase and so, given the chance to read a new book which tries to explain some of the basics of mechanical physics, I decided to give it a try.
The Cosmic Machine tries to simplify the complex areas and histories of energy, entropy, atoms and quantum mechanics without losing the importance and excitement of the discoveries and theories throughout history. It takes in differing points of view, opposition to theories and also how those theories came about and the links between them. Sometimes, the histories of the physicists involved is almost as interesting as the science itself.
I liked that this book didn't try to over-simplify but also that the writer didn't dwell too much on the equations. It was also nice to read more about some of Einstein's work that wasn't just about his theories of relativity. I think more time needs to be taken, however, for each of the areas discussed. For instance, I felt the energy section was rushed and I don't think I fully understood enough of it to get a general understanding. Also, quantum mechanics something you can't really explain in just 100 pages. However, it still kept me reading, with great interest.
All in all, a very interesting read, but needs more focus on some more complicated physics which is essential to get a full understanding of these complicated fields.
Star rating: 4/5