I enjoyed this book so much that I sent a copy to my dad for his reading pleasure. I know he'll enjoy the history, logic, connectedness of everything, and daily life / common application that each story in this collection of work describe.
The best part about each of these stories is that they are easily understandable. The breakdowns make sense. The brief history provided is helpful and insightful. The comparisons and relativity provided give context and make the difficult to understand much less challenging and digestible.
I'll be honest, when I read that Bill Gates recommended it, I expected something I wouldn't understand. I imagined something overly scientific and highly technical - something I'd have a hard time comprehending. But while there was terminology that I had to lookup, 95% of the book was written in such a way that the average Joe could appreciate it.
Truly, if you want a little bit better of an understanding of the modern world, read this book. You'll appreciate a lot more about our lives on this Earth.