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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 41 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: May 2, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XB2PX7G
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
There is a great deal of science in this book, of course, but it should not scare anyone off. Tyson brings most facts and concepts to an understandable level. Even passages that may seem confusing should not deter anyone from reading this book. It is not only informative, but, more importantly, it is inspirational, encouraging—or, hopefully, causing—us to think beyond ourselves. I not only highly recommend this book, I think it should be required reading in high school.