Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So simple, so clear. Science and Space in a Nutshell. Just open it and fall in love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you think of things you never thought of and challenges you to rethink what you thought. His "Cosmic Perspective" chapter is indeed an eye opener and a wake - up call for some. Well done Neil.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good easy read. Written for the non scientist. Good update from high school and college physics. Nicely put the universe back in perspective.
PrimmLife More than 1 year ago
The difference between a good artist and a great one is never a question of competency. No, the great artist reveals the beauty of the subject in a way that creates awe in us whereas the good simply represents. The great reawakens that childish sense of amazement. If this is true, then Neil deGrasse Tyson is a great artist. His gift is to be able to present the large, complex mechanisms of the universe in exciting and accessible ways. From his books to podcasts to the show Cosmos to twitter, Dr. Tyson is raising public interest in science. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Dr. Tyson's newest book, presents 12 essays to give anyone a survey of modern astrophysics. While each essay is built on a technical framework, the content requires nothing of the reader but a curiosity for the world as it is. This is non-fiction filled with imagination. In this book, Dr. Tyson reveals the beauty of our universe that is often buried in the technical, mechanical papers of academia. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry renews that sense of awe we get from looking up at the night sky. TL;DR: This is a great introduction to the universe in accessible, sensible writing. Highly recommended. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is twelve essays adapted from Dr. Tyson's "Universe" series in Natural History magazine. Since I didn't read that series, I can't say whether they are strict reprints or modified for this collection. It doesn't matter; these essays are an excellent overview of the astrophysics field. From the size of the universe to the Big Bang to dark matter and dark energy, this collection tackles big concepts in an accessible prose. My favorite essay was the final one, Reflections on the Cosmic Perspective. It's an argument for a more enlightened view. Dr. Tyson uses the perspective of an alien searching for life in the universe and what we may look like to them. With this essay, he's appealing to humanity to take the long view. It's a hopeful piece that urges us to put aside our differences to look into eternity; Dr. Tyson wants us to care for and about our world. "We do not live in this universe. The universe lives within us." This line from the essay typifies the wonder in which Dr. Tyson views his surroundings. The dark energy essay is dedicated to the redemption of the Einstein's cosmological constant. It mixes history with cutting edge science. Dr. Tyson also terrifies me here; he makes the claim that in the future the speed at which galaxies move away from us will be greater than the speed of light. This means that in the future, the sky might only contains stars from our own galaxy. It's almost too big to comprehend. Without a record of these times, future generations may never know there are other galaxies. I thought the weakest piece was The Cosmos on the Table. Conceptually, it is an excellent idea; the essay is a tour through the periodic table based on how the element is viewed/used in astrophysics. But somehow it doesn't work. Potentially this could be my bias against chemistry – definitely not my favorite subject. It just didn't rise to the eloquence and awe of, say, the Dark Energy chapter. This chapter seemed more utilitarian than the others. My only complaint is that this collection is too short. I'd love for a few more essays in here. Dr. Tyson, one of the few pop culture physicists, makes a strong argument for the beauty of the natural world. Read more reviews at
Anonymous 7 months ago
Mr. Tyson has made me love science!
Anonymous 10 months ago
It starts slow but it's a grabber .
Anonymous 4 months ago
Being anything but a scientist of any kind this book opened my mind up to the wonders of the cosmos in a relatable entertaining way. Anyone who has ever looked to the sky and wondered what it’s all about should read this book and begin their journey to understanding our place in the universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great explanations and antidotes. Makes the science so interesting and understandable. The author is an exceptional teacher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick, easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seeing the big picture, defocuses the small and insignificantly pointless that we occupy ourselves with endlessly. Our "humanity" is so petty. Humbling of ego can be the springboard to greatness. Thank-you Neil for the ego perspective....... . bwj...
Anonymous 3 months ago
I really enjoyed it! A quick and easy read about interesting topics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great overview of astrophysics. At times requires rereading make sure you understood, but this is astrophysics. Not too heavy at any point and written as if you are conversing on the subject.
avontell More than 1 year ago
Excellent journey through space and time, highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great look into science and space. Awesome book.
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theTafili 10 days ago
Being a long time fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson I felt obligated to purchase and read this book. I have always been appreciative of his endeavors as a science advocate and his ability to inspire. Before purchasing I watched a couple of interviews of him advertising this book which provided me more clarity on who his target audience was when he was writing it. To start off with, this book is meant to reach a broader audience in our society. He purposely casts a large net in order to educate the masses on the physical reality of the Universe. Most of the information I read I was already aware of. This book for me served as a pleasant review of my understanding of the Universe. Every chapter is broken down into a different topics of the Universe that you hear every now and then from every day life. Topics that you are familiar by name but not by understanding. Topics such as; Dwarf Planets, Black Holes, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, The Big Bang, etc. All these topics are broken down so that you may digest it slowly. A disclaimer I would add is that some parts could be dense for some individuals but overall the reading should be quite light and refreshing. The ending chapter ties everything together quite beautifully and by far is my favorite chapter. Its as if every chapter is a piece of a recipe and the ending puts everything into one pot for you. You get to see how all these observations humanity made ties in with each other and where you fit in. Its remarkable how our 3 lb brain could even comprehend our place in the cosmos. The cosmic perspective as it is called is important for humanity to attain, for us to move forward into the future with the same peaceful narrative. I would recommend this book for anybody who wants to increase their external awareness of the world around them. Even if you have knowledge of this topic, you will still find it beneficial. It serves an important reminder of where we are in this vast cosmic dance we all partake in.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Dr. Tyson fashions mind-boggling concepts into a language permitting mind-blowing realizations.
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Mike7370 More than 1 year ago
Sorry, the book didn't work for me. The material on telescopes was interesting, but beyond that I felt the book to be disorganized and basically a collection of current enigmas in physics.
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Excellent information while not being overwhelming. A great introduction for those curious, and those who want to move on to more in depth reads such as "Death By Black Hole", "Origins", etc.