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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

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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”
- Salon

“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

“Engaging and illuminating.”
- GoodReads

“Tyson manifests science brilliantly....[his] insights are valuable for any leader, teacher, scientist or educator.”
- Forbes

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will blow your mind....it is awesome.”
- Hackernoon

“Infectiously enthusiastic, humorous and, above all, accessible....reading Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is both a humbling and exhilarating experience.”
- BookPage

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  • Lexile Measure : 1250L
  • Item Weight : 9 ounces
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780393609394
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393609394
  • Product Dimensions : 7.3 x 4.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (May 2, 2017)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 0393609391
  • Customer Reviews:
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and easy to follow with one caveat
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up from an armchair astrophysicist
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