Jonathan Swift's story of Gulliver, who visits lands of people much smaller and larger than he, pops up in Smil's arguments as the author explains possible scientific realities of size. Stephen Perring narrates in an academic tone laced with humor much like listeners would expect from THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY as Smil takes on topics like the Golden Ratio, a mathematical equation that judges beauty. Listeners might have trouble following the math, but it's fun to hear the various arguments about the ratio that take place online. Perring's relative calmness doesn't take away from feelings of frustration that come with the discussion of airline seat sizes. If listeners just want to get to the point, Smil summarizes his thesis at the end--in three sizes, of course. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2023]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9780063324121 $26.99
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