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 https://primmlife.wordpress.com/
Anonymous 4 months ago
Mr. Tyson has made me love science!
Anonymous 7 months ago
It starts slow but it's a grabber .
Anonymous 9 months ago
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Anonymous 9 months ago
This book came highly recommended by a friend of mine and is one of the best self-help books I've read. and take a extra 15% off promo code from bookscoupons.com
Anonymous 8 days 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 10 months 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...
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.
Anonymous 23 hours ago
I really enjoyed it! A quick and easy read about interesting topics.
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Anonymous 10 months 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.
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Mike7370 11 months 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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Anonymous 12 months ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago