Non Fiction Review: Space Encyclopedia

Space Encyclopedia by David A. Aguilar

Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond
by David A. Aguilar (Goodreads Author)
3 out of 5 stars

This book puts the reader into an imaginary spaceship, the Stella Nova, complete with scientists and crew. We follow the ship’s log as we travel through the solar system and learn about each planet, asteroid, moon, and dwarf planet.

Once we have traveled through the solar system, we head back to earth and learn about how our own world is formed. Then we discover more about the stars and galaxies beyond our little solar system, and even speculate about dark matter, aliens, and multiple universes.

I enjoyed reading the short bios of famous scientists and astronomers like Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, and Galileo.

The artwork and photos are so colorful and attractive. The design of each page is beautifully organized with factoids and bits of information in separate boxes on the page. It makes it easy to read, and it catches your attention.

One thing that I really hate in scientific books is when a scientific THEORY is presented as if it were a fact. This is so unethical, and it would be so easy to correct. If only the text said, “One theory about the origin of the universe is … etc.” But they don’t say that. They write as if the age of the universe and the theory of how planets evolved are established empirical facts that have been tested and proven. But they’re not. And it is dishonest to present a theory and pretend that it is a fact. It makes me not trust anything else that the book says. If they are misrepresenting one theory, they might be doing it all over the place. How can I trust what is written in this book if they aren’t careful to present the information in the correct way? I really expected more from a great organization like National Geographic.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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