Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

· W. W. Norton & Company
899 reviews

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Over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and more than a million copies sold.

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.

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899 reviews
Keith Blackshear
January 5, 2020
Each one-third of this book left me with me different feelings. The first third was primarily a history of physics and astronomy, which consisted of infk that each of us got in our middle school science classes. The second third got into some very interesting concepts that I had been unaware of. The last third lost my I terest again as it went back into delivering a history lesson. Tyson didn't miss an opportunity to take shots at religion and politics (mostly religion) as a means of asserting the superiority of scientific inquiry. I thought that was a poor job by him. Science has done some amazing things to the benefit of all humanity. As a firm believer in science and also a firm believer in God, I was very disappointed in his decision to do this. Let the accomplishments of science stand on their own merits. To disparage others is to only diminish one's own accomplishments. I have no use for politics, but even when Tyson slighted politics, I found it off-putting. At the book's conclusion, Tyson's trademark arrogance is on full disay even as he tells us how science has shown humanity how insignificant it is in the grand scheme of things. When this book was good, it was very good. It just didn't happen enough. Even with the knowledge that this was essentially an "Astrophysics for Dummies" book, I thought that my extremely limited knowledge of the field would've made me a prime candidate for this book. Yet I found myself yearning for more than I was given.
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A Google user
September 25, 2017
Great book. I have only two minor problems with it. First, i wish Neil spent a little more time elaborating on some of the subjects he addresses and maybe find ways to make it easier to understand for the layman, it can be a hard read in some places. Second, there are A LOT of spots in this book where he reiterates points word for word we've heard for free on his talkshows and interviews. That being said its still a very smart, engaging book that leaves you educated, humbled and inspired by the time you reach the end. I wish i could give it a 4.75 instead of a 5.
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Jason Paisley
December 21, 2017
An easy to grasp and fairly brief guide to understanding the forces at work in the cosmos. A perfect book for people who find other books on astrophysics too long winded or drawn out. Dr. Tyson has covered much of this information before in his show StarTalk which you should listen to on whatever application you use for podcasts as it's probably the best podcast you will ever hear if not the most infortainmentive. I'm getting a paper copy of this book for my son. Even though this covers much of what I have heard from Dr. Tyson he has a gift for explaining things in a way that makes them easy to grasp and he's one hell of a teacher. The final chapter is the icing on the cake and should be held dear to the heart of every curious person who dares to keep looking up. The cosmic perspective is one I hope to carry for life.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Times best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. He lives in New York City.

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