Back To School !

The weeks seem to fly, I feel like I just made a Monday post – oh well, here we are again!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThis past summer I actually completed my degree in Earth Sciences and had planned to take this semester off as a new graduate and look for work – obviously that never happened.

I am back to school part-time working towards a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) diploma – and maybe to complete a major in Geography as well.

I panicked the day before the semester started and registered for whatever courses I found that were applicable and available – so here I am.


This is going to impact my reading time, and may interfere with my blogging. However, I still have plenty of time to read and since my last hiatus I have been doing better than ever for scheduling and interacting with my blog. I adore TheBayReads and will always make time for it – don’t worry.

(If you catch me slacking, call me out!)


I just wanted to take this blog post to say that you have plenty of time to figure your life out. You don’t need to jump into post secondary education straight from highschool, and you are not obligated to go to university if something else attracts you.

I am only 21 (turning 22), and I have been having difficultly being happy and sane lately because I feel pressured to start my career in Geology. Finding a job as a new graduate is not easy and I wasn’t even sure exactly what I wanted to do. Going back to school and starting this GIS program has been a step in the right direction for me. I feel like I’m on the right path because I am working towards something I actually enjoy and I have accepted that there is nothing wrong with staying in school.


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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (2017) by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

★★★★★ 5/5

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThe essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.
But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe. -Goodreads




Non-Fiction/Science – A heavy read, takes time and should be reread if truly interested in learning about astrophysics

I have done university courses in Astrophysics and this book is an excellent background. The first read through would definitely teach the reader about the history of our universe as it explores the birth of the universe, how stars and planets formed, dark matter and energy, the periodic table of elements, scientific laws, and many other topics. If you’re really passionate in learning from this book a slow read through with some notes or reading through it multiple times will ensure you have a good understanding of the main science involved with astrophysics.

It is hard to review such a technical book, it is definitely heavy science and this should be considered before reading. Neil DeGrasse Tyson also adds his sarcastic humor which will make you laugh while you learn about the universe.

"We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure 
itself out - and we have only just begun."
"The power and beauty of physical laws is that they apply everywhere. 
Whether or not you choose to believe in them."
"Yes, Einstein was a badass."
"With the power of vision, you miss nothing."
"We do not simply live in the universe. The universe lives within us."

The Martian (2011) by Andy Weir

★★★★★ 5/5

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetAfter a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive. – Goodreads

 

 

 


Science Fiction / <500 Pages / Medium Difficulty read – because of the science aspect.

I couldn’t resist giving this 5 stars, I am a huge space nerd and I am doing an undergraduate degree in Geology – so I loved every minute of this read.

I seen a book about an astronaut, of course I had to buy it. I snagged it at a huge book fair for just two dollars!

Yes, there is a huge science aspect to this story, but it is not long winded and it is explained in simple terms. I think that even if you do not have a strong background in science that you can enjoy this book if science interests you at all!

I was in suspense the whole read. I loved how funny Mark Watney was, I’m glad I read this story from a character who was hopeful, innovative, and hilarious. If I would of had to read this from a character who was complaining or felt doomed the whole time, well I probably wouldn’t of read very much.

The novel is set up into astronaut logs and conferences at NASA, the set up makes the read flow great and builds suspense.

This read was perfect for me.

"Mars is a barren wasteland and I am completely alone here. I already knew
that, of course. But there is a difference between knowing it and really experiencing it. 
All around me there was nothing but dust, rocks, and endless empty desert in 
all directions. The planet's famous red color is from iron oxide coating everything. 
So it's not just a desert. It's a desert so old it's literally rusting."