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Soul of the World

Author: Christopher Dewdney
Originally Published: 2008

Soul of the WorldWritten as a mixture of personal experiences, science, philosophy and pop culture references, this book explores what time is. While the personal experiences ranged from coming across as somewhat cheesy and contrived at times, at others they gave a real sense of personality to the book. The science aspect definitely was interesting to read as well – to read theories about time, theories about what’s going to happen to the universe in the future, and all sorts of fun stuff like that. I’m not normally one for philosophy, but it worked in this book when mixed with all the other elements. And as for the pop culture refereces… well, can you ever go wrong with a mention of the DeLorean from Back to the Future?

At times the book was a little dry, but when it wasn’t it made up for it. My favourite chapter in the book was by far the chapter on time travel. In the description of the book, this was definitely the part that sparked my interest. Talk of how time travel might really be possible? Another part that was really interesting was the talk of how wormholes might really help us to travel through space faster. Ooooh, the scifi geek in me quite loved it.

Biggest annoyance, though, was the author’s referencing of mythology. At first it was cool, but then the lack of consistency got to me. He spoke on Roman and Greek mythology for pages on end, about their relationship to each other and their relationship to time, and for some of the gods used their Roman name, and for some of them used their Greek name. It was slightly irksome to read that Jupiter is Chronos’ son.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 5:48 pm July 16, 2008.
Category: Non-Fiction
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