Astrophysics for People in A Hurry

Astrophysics for People in A Hurry

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"The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist. What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393609394
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 20 cm

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mattstrelau
Nov 21, 2017

Tyson takes the magnitude of the cosmos and shrinks it down into this short helpful guide. I would describe this book as a timeline of the past, present, and possible future of cosmology. A humble read with some moments of humour. The science is extremely easy to understand and readers with an invested knowledge of modern science might find this somewhat redundant.

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800kw0rm_31337
Nov 14, 2017

I appreciate how the author can describe big scientific ideas in small, easily digestible words, without dumbing things down too much. To me, the real revelation (beyond the miracle of increasing scientific literacy in the current climate) is how effectively he spreads the contagion of his enthusiasm. Having watched his shows, I can practically hear the warmth & amusement in his voice as I read. Personally, I am too often too focused on survival to cultivate curiosity about things that don't directly effect me in tangible, measurable ways, so this book was what I needed to tap into a sense of wonder again.

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ChrisMcMil
Oct 16, 2017

A wonderfully written, easy read. Generally informative and definitely enjoyable.

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debgage
Oct 08, 2017

I liked this book. It's not meant for experts in astrophysics, but it provides a good grounding in terminology and basic concepts for people who are new to the field or don't follow it closely.

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fred98115
Oct 05, 2017

While I normally enjoy Tyson's writing, this book was underwhelming. It is a collection of essays covering current astrophysics issues. The problem is that of all collections: lacking the organizational development of a continuous thought through the book. Tyson knows his stuff and the individual essays are interesting, but they are not tied together to make a satisfying whole.

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wordsaremeaning
Oct 04, 2017

Tyson's tiny book might be great for interesting the general public in astrophysics and science in general, and since that is his stated purpose, he might very well succeed. However, for a college educated individual with a passing interest in the subject, this book offers very few insights or explanations. I would say this is more like a dictionary than a meaningful work of literature. I will echo previous commenters' remark that the final chapter is a suitably inspiring message, but all that precedes it is a very rudimentary definition, bordering on colloquial, of dark energy, dark matter, cmb, big bang, and observable universe, and some historical human interest stories about the origins of some of these ideas. While this book may encourage scientific literacy, I don't think it's meant for the scientifically literate, unless you literally have never once wondered what's past earth's atmosphere.

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writermala
Sep 10, 2017

If like me, you are intimidated by astrophysics, don't be because this book is a no holds bar account of the subject in simple language. I must confess I didn't understand all of it still but the before and after of reading the book is just astounding. Tyson has tried to make this extraordinarily difficult topic simple and has for the most part succeeded. You will not master the topic but you will know enough to talk intelligently about cosmology. I enjoyed the last chapter on perspective very much. It shows where we are in the whole scheme of things. I particularly liked Tyson's sense of humor for example when he talks of the constellation Sagittarius. "It is called Sagittarius Dwarf but should probably have been named Lunch," says Tyson! It is this lighthearted treatment of a very difficult subject that makes this book valuable.

KateHillier Aug 31, 2017

The title pretty much spells it out. It's a short work giving you the bare bones of astrophysics for those of us who don't have any sort of degree in the subject let alone a Ph.D. Simple to understand, full of humour at points, and it definitely leaves you with a sense of wonder at the end.

Cynthia_N Aug 16, 2017

I won't say that I am an expert but I certainly feel a little smarter having read this book! Parts of it were difficult to understand but I'm thinking that might be the nature of astrophysics. I laughed out loud when he was talking about spheres and grocery stores! Recommended read!

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ladydrummer
Aug 05, 2017

Thoroughly enjoying this cool, little book. A relatively easy read full of points to ponder and humorous anecdotes. I highly recommend.

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