What Does an Atomic Physicist Read in the Summer? Alexander Thompson Science, Science & Medicine At a whopping near-600 pages, American Prometheus may seem daunting, but don't let the page count dissuade you from jumping in. This is an engaging read, spanning decades of time and touching on a set of important and fascinating people. Ever wanted to get things done but felt they were too boring to do? Ever wish you had a more glamorous job, like maybe being an astronaut? Chris Hadfield, the social media savvy Canadian astronaut, details how even astronauts have to sweat the small stuff in his autobiography An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.