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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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Celebrity scientist Tyson's profound intellect is matched by his charm and wit. In this slim title, he attempts to explain some of the most complex astrophysics concepts in layman's terms. Readers should be prepared for a challenging yet edifying experience from the get-go: "In the beginning…all the space and all the matter and all the energy of the known universe was contained in a volume less than one-trillionth the size of the period that ends this sentence." Tyson riffs on topics such as gravity, the speed and makeup of light, the shape of space, and dark matter, maintaining as chatty a tone as possible as he tries to make these important principles comprehensible to the uninitiated. VERDICT Likely to resonate the most with those with a scientific bent, but Tyson's pop culture appeal expands the audience somewhat.—Jamie Watson, Baltimore County Public Library
“Neil deGrasse Tyson makes a big bang with Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”
- Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair
“Tyson is a master of streamlining and simplification....taking mind-bogglingly complex ideas, stripping them down to their nuts and bolts, padding them with colorful allegories and dorky jokes, and making them accessible to the layperson”
“This book will keep you fascinated with succinct and dynamic explanations of a wide variety of astronomical topics. A winner that every astronomy enthusiast should have on the bookshelf!”
- David J. Eicher, Astronomy
“This may have been written for people in a hurry, but I urge you to take your time. It will all be over far too soon.”
- BBC's Sky at Night
“Engaging and illuminating.”
“Tyson manifests science brilliantly....[his] insights are valuable for any leader, teacher, scientist or educator.”
“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will blow your mind....it is awesome.”
“Infectiously enthusiastic, humorous and, above all, accessible....reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is both a humbling and exhilarating experience.”
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I will always read his books but I don't like that there is very little original content in this one. If you already own Death by Black Hole and Origins, save your money. You already have this entire book. \
3 stars because it is informative IF you've never read any of his other books.
Astrophysics, to be precise.
What’d I learn?
I learned the universe is much bigger than I can comprehend, and we puny humans are much less significant to the universe than we imagine.
I learned I’m glad there are people who are good at Astrophysics, because I’m not
Mostly, I learned that Astrophysics is really (Really, REALLY) complicated. Even having Neil deGrasse Tyson spell it out for me couldn’t get topics like quantum mechanics, prolate spheroids, dark matter, or E=MC2 to be more than curiosities beyond my reach.
Getting through the book was worth it just to get to the last chapter, where Neil deGrasse Tyson brings the “our universe is so big and we are so insignificant” talk to a climax with some great comparisons. For example…
Did you know there are more molecules in a cup of water than there are cups of water on Earth?
Of course you didn’t. Because you’re not an Astrophysicist.
Instead of feeling small, however, I was left feeling part of something very, very grand.
Some call it science. Some call it God. I call it both.
Interested in Astrophysics but clueless about Astrophysics? This is the book for you. You’ll still be clueless, but you’ll feel okay being clueless once you get a sense for the overwhelming complexity involved in with the physics of the universe.
It’s a big place.