The master of the universe?

December 2, 2008

Why Is Uranus Upside Down? by Fred Watson (Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99):

We all have questions, and for some of them there are answers. Have you ever wondered just what dark matter really is? How about why galaxies collide?

Or why the Moon is gradually drifting away from the Earth? Perhaps it doesn’t like our brand of deodorant.

The late, great Douglas Adams once said (amongst other things): “Space is really, really big.” Astronomer and all-round space guru Fred Watson knows this but is still prepared to answer the many questions that have been asked by listeners of his radio shows.

The result is this book.

So, if you’ve always wondered if the Earth wobbles, why it is that planets are round (because it’s not hip to be square), where to find the nearest black hole (where, I suspect, all the odd socks live) and more, then this is the book for you.

It’s heaps of fun but educational too. What more could you want?

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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