I love Ben Miller, the author of this book, as a comedian and actor - who is currently starring in the acclaimed TV (second) series `Death in Paradise', but I had never before read anything written by him. My wife bought me this book for my birthday as she knows I also love simply presented science. Ben Miller is best summarised as a person on the rear cover so I will let that speak for him:
"Ben Miller is, like you, a mutant ape living through an Ice Age on a ball of molten iron, orbiting a supermassive black hole. He is also an actor, comedian and approximately one half of Armstrong and Miller. He's presented a BBC Horizon documentary on temperature and a Radio 4 series about the history of particle physics, and has a regular science column in The Times. He is slowly coming to terms with the idea that he may never be an astronaut."
This book is fun; none of the `hard to understand' stuff, just a purely delightful foray into the most interesting science - leaving you with a basic understanding, following an enthralling and often humorous journey. Black holes, DNA, the secret code of creation, The Large Hadron Collider, climate change, the scientific possibility of extra-terrestrial life - and more, are all covered, and although the title suggests otherwise, it actually does explain rocket science (the simple but exciting stuff) and how we landed on the moon in a delightfully informative and interesting manner.
Professor Brian Cox summed this book up well with his front cover comment "A fun and insightful ride through the whole of science - it's almost as if he finished his PhD!" I loved the ride and was sad when the end of the book inevitably came along. If you love science but have yet to understand some of the basics - and you enjoy a light hearted way of having it presented - then this is the book for you.