BOOK REVIEW: Think Like a Rocket Scientist
by Ozan Varol
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
A former rocket scientist reveals the habits, ideas, and strategies that will empower you to turn the seemingly impossible into the possible.
Rocket science is often celebrated as the ultimate triumph of technology. But it’s not. Rather, it’s the apex of a certain thought process — a way to imagine the unimaginable and solve the unsolvable. It’s the same thought process that enabled Neil Armstrong to take his giant leap for mankind, that allows spacecraft to travel millions of miles through outer space and land on a precise spot, and that brings us closer to colonizing other planets.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to think like one.
In this accessible and practical book, Ozan Varol reveals nine simple strategies from rocket science that you can use to make your own giant leaps in work and life — whether it’s landing your dream job, accelerating your business, learning a new skill, or creating the next breakthrough product. Today, thinking like a rocket scientist is a necessity. We all encounter complex and unfamiliar problems in our lives. Those who can tackle these problems — without clear guidelines and with the clock ticking — enjoy an extraordinary advantage.
Think Like a Rocket Scientist will inspire you to take your own moonshot and enable you to achieve liftoff.
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First of all, this is NOT a leisurely read. I read 10 pages of a non-fiction book every day. Sometimes I’ll read more if I can finish up a section or a chapter by reading a few more pages. I found myself doing the exact opposite with this book. I would look to see where a section ended, and sometimes I would only read 8 or 9 pages if the next section would take me over 10 pages for the day.
The book is amazing, but it is packed with SO MUCH INFORMATION! In one ten-page block, the author covers a story about Einstein related to Pestalozzi’s principles and thought experiments. He then goes deeper into thought experiments and segues into a story about Nikola Tesla, then Leonardo da Vinci, then Galileo. Next he discusses Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger who performed an experiment that killed his cat which then leads to a lesson around idioms (related to curiosity), i.e. “curiosity killed the cat.” He then tells the story of how instant photography was invented, which is related to the curiosity of a child, which then leads to a story about a Kindergarten class. Then he brings up Einstein again and weaves that with a story about Isaac Newton. ALL OF THIS IN TEN PAGES!!!
At the end of the book Varol offers some resources for readers to take a deeper dive into what they learned in the book. I will definitely be doing this, because I think, for me, it will need to take some time and study the principles from this book in order to put them into action.
As Varol says in the book:
“The journey cannot end once the mission is accomplished. That’s when the real work begins.”
I thought this book was fantastic…I just felt a little overwhelmed by the end of it!