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.
Offers witty, digestible explanations of topics in cosmology, from the Big Bang and black holes to quantum mechanics and the search for life in the universe.
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: New York ;, London :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780393609394
Branch Call Number: 523.01 TYSON
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 20 cm


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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains astrophysics in easy to understand language.

Neil deGrasse Tyson brings the essential universe down to earth, succinctly, clearly, and with sparkling wit.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson brings the essential universe down to earth, succinctly, clearly, and with sparkling wit.

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Jan 15, 2018

A glossary would have been helpful. Otherwise excellent, I learned a lot. Helped put things in context.

Dec 21, 2017

...universe lives in us! Dark energy prevails?
Suits me (poor at super big numbers and digits) well.

A prerequisite if one wants to fully enjoy “The Three-Body Problem” at ease.

Dec 15, 2017

The author's excitement and awe for the cosmos is contagious. He is almost like a "kid" in the candy store. There are bits of humor and lots of information for the regular reader.

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.

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.

Oct 16, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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