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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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“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.”
About the Author
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, director of its world-famous Hayden Planetarium, host of the hit radio and TV show StarTalk, and an award-winning author. He lives in New York City.
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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.
The book is full of interesting information and is a good starting point for understanding our universe and its makeup. The problem is that it is not simple to absorb. DeGrasse suffers from the problem of knowing something so well, he has a hard time explaining things as simply as they could be.
On the positive side, deGrasse writes with wit and does pack a lot of information in just over two hundred pages. His passion for the subject comes through and is infectious. The last chapter, “Reflections on the Cosmic Perspective”, is worth the price of the book.
I am giving this one three stars only because it is marketed incorrectly. This is a book that should be read, read several times. But does take time to understand and digest. It is worth missing a flight over.