‘Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand’ Review: Wild Facts For a Wild Universe

Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand is the ultimate guide to fascinating science facts you can pull out at parties to wow a crowd. Chown’s account is filled with wonder and reverence of the natural world, both at home and among the stars. It’s a book that’s extremely entertaining, filled with strange facts you never knew you wanted to know.

Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand: Fifty Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe

By Marcus Chown
Diversion Books

I was most impressed at the breadth of topics Chown covers in the volume. The Big Bang? Check. The amazing state of atoms and their origins? Check. The many strange occurrences found in the natural world? Check. You’ll laugh at the absurdities of evolution and feel small when you imagine how tiny you are in the greater scheme of the universe. The facts are organized in gradually increasing degrees of magnitude. We start with Earth and the things that make us human, learning more about our place in the universe and the small things that make up our bodies. The conversation expands to the universe at large, building the case for the absurdity and the sheer size of this enormous expanse we live in.

Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand is a hilarious book you need to read to believe. The facts seem larger than life, more of the taffy wrapper variety than actual science books. In reality, it’s all true and mindblowing at that.

NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

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