If the title of the book is as simple as it is generally called “Paradise!” , one would expect a cultural-historical concept or a theological or spiritual content of it. However, the subtitle refers to research in nature: “an expedition into the world above us.”
“Everything” in one topic
A complete blurb, claiming that the book covers nothing less than “everything” about it – from the gods to technology, from everyday experiences to the very tense “ultimate secrets”. So there must be a magnum opus that covers all associations with the word heaven. Could the 189-page work meet these high standards?
It is not easy to deal with a topic as large and comprehensive as explaining and exploring the entire world above our heads in a few pages: from air blowing to black holes as well as space – and everything from a history, a contemporary perspective in both literary and material terms.
Rolf Hellmann is a Professor of Physics and has been teaching space measurement technology at the University of Munich for 25 years. He has already written four popular science books on more or less physical topics.
For a non-fiction book to be worthwhile, it has to be more than just a collection of sentences from Wikipedia, which also provides a hypertext feature that you can click through through the various articles. Heilmann tries to address everyone as much as possible: for example with the text of a song by Reinhard Mey, which is likely only known to older classes (for younger classes a reference to an LP helps in the bibliography), an eight-line lullaby for children – or with information that Reporting that Goethe is the “Great,” the Greeks were the “Ancients” and Galileo a “famous Italian scholar.”
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