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The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist Paperback – May 1, 2004
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Of course, it's still shamefully difficult for a black American scientist to merit the same quality of attention as his or her peers, and Tyson's insights into the subtle but still-pervasive racism in academia are enlightening. His description of his own shock at seeing himself on television--a black man sought as an expert on something other than being black--is powerfully moving. But, as with his other books, like the gorgeous One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos, the quest for knowledge is more important than the obstacles, and his spirit, determination, and sense of humor prove that the sky really isn't the limit. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The ultimate charm of this book is that Dr. Tyson is a warm, witty, self-effacing, and passionate human being. I seldom get the feeling from reading a book that I would enjoy having the author as a friend, but Dr. Tyson affected me that way.
For young people thinking about a career in science, Dr. Tyson is an excellent role model of how focusing on the joy you feel from the subject matter can evolve into additional joy from the intellectual content. In his description at the end of the book of how the putative Big Bang may have happened, I was enthralled. It was almost like reading poetry. Now, I have read many descriptions of the same subject, and have never been moved by them before.
Dr. Tyson also makes an eloquent case for creating planetary defense capabilities to divert or destroy asteroids or comets that could create catastrophic collisons with the Earth. I came away convinced that this was a worthwhile activity. You may, too.
Dr. Tyson had wonderful parents and mentors. I enjoyed reading about them as much as I did about the main subjects of the book. Anyone will pick up tips for being better at both roles from this book.
He also has a great sense of humor, telling many funny stories in a wonderfully straight way.Read more ›
I enjoyed this book because it is scientific and also teaches lessons of life that you may not otherwise encounter. I also enjoyed the comedy in his statements. I have learned that if I want to become a scientist like Neil, then I must start training at a young age. This book has opened up my eyes to become aware of many things that I did not notice before.
Dr. Tyson is a worthy successor to the late Carl Sagan who was both a public educator and an advisor to the government on technical issues. The book discusses the author's experiences in both these roles. It also includes his heartbreaking account of witnessing, and inadvertently participating in, the 9/11 tragedy.
Dr. Tyson relates how one can become totally absorbed in pages of equations. Indeed, if astronomy is a physicist's first infatuation, Maxwell's equations are their first true love. The author clearly wants to communicate to his readers the beauty and majesty of these equations, but wistfully acknowledges that impossibility.
After a just-for-fun chapter on the fate of the universe, the book ends with his views on religion, where he succinctly, and thoroughly, covers a topic that has generated countless tomes.
The book is over far too soon, but that's not due to any flaw in the book; you just want to spend more time learning more about NDT and his story. That the reader is so entertained that he or she is left wanting to spend more time reading what the author writes is the surest sign of a successful book of any kind, in my eyes.
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Read this! Thus is one of the best books I ever read! Neil is an amazing and intriguing person I know about, and now I know even morePublished 2 months ago by Erin A. Egan
Briefly, THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT is a positive parable about ALWAYS following your dreams, despite any obstacles. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
It's well written and well illustrated. The Sky is Not the Limit a nice inspirational addition to my collection of adventures in space.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. A story behind a very colorful person. The chapters in a unique life.Published 4 months ago by Geoffrey Heberlein
A thoughtful and thought-provoking book about Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. If you're an astronomy or physics (or both) afficiando, you'll enjoy reading Dr. Tyson's journey (thus far). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carol the Bookworm
Great little book. Intro to a very special man and our astro physical world.Published 5 months ago by momsell
OMG what a guy! Presentation, presentation, presentation...Neil DeGrasse Tyson raises the bar by making Astrophysics fun and interesting! Read morePublished 5 months ago by fieldmouse