It’s never too late to stop learning. To stop wanting to learn new things. In whatever you want to know things in. And there’s never just one way of seeking out new knowledge.
The last book I finished reading was A Brief History Of Time: From Big Bang To Black Holes by Stephen Hawking. It’s been on my ‘to-read’ list for a little while. Alternately put off and encouraged to read it from reading various reviews saying that there’s just too much high level scientific jargon going on in there for the every day Joe.
It has been a very long time since I read a non-fiction book. Very long time. And usually a non-fiction for me is an autobiography of some sort. So it was nice to read a proper non-fiction.
Thing is. I understood maybe, 40% of the book. Maybe 80% of the actual words. However, I enjoyed reading 100% of it. If I was taught physics this way in school, I would have been a whole lot more interested in it. Stephen Hawking is so enthusiastic about it in his writing that you can’t help but get just as enthusiastic.
Of the 40% that I understood, I feel like I have learnt a lot from it. The opening chapters about theories on how the universe began and how far back the human race has been theorizing about it, blew my tiny little mind. How scientists and philosophers drew conclusions astounds me. Do we know if the universe is expanding into nothing? Will it start contracting? Why? So many questions and so many answers that are still unanswered. But it’s so damn interesting just to read about it.
Me finishing A Brief History Of Time coincided with the start of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Which is doing a fantastic job of keeping me buzzed about science and space and all that amazing stuff that is continuing to blow my mind. If you’re not up for reading a book, make a start on watching Cosmos.