Astrophysics for People in A Hurry

Astrophysics for People in A Hurry

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"What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? ... Neil deGrasse Tyson ... reveal[s] 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 : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393609394
0393609391
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 20 cm

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Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.

With his inimitable gift for explaining scientific concepts for the layperson, Tyson walks us through various profound mysteries of the universe, explaining the latest in scientific understanding in elegant, clear and engaging prose. Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of StarTalk,... Read More »


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fjorden
Oct 28, 2018

Love you Neil!!!

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Earlgrey454
Oct 08, 2018

I was hoping this would be a readable introduction to some aspects of science I don't know much about. But there was immediately a fair amount of terminology used that required at least a little knowledge of science . So I was lost from the start, and stopped reading a short way into the book. Reminded me of how I always had trouble with science and math back in college and in earlier schooling. I felt that same frustration I had then.
I have a lot of respect for scientists and their work and valuable contributions to our world. I just have an extremely difficult time understanding much of it for myself. So if you're like me, you've been warned about this book. Try something more elemental instead.

EverythingTouches Jul 05, 2018

I was really worried about whether I could get through this one without getting frustrated by dense, confusing content. But, actually, I really enjoyed it and learned a lot of interesting concepts that will help me understand the new discoveries that are often reported in the news. This isn’t narrative non-fiction, but there are a lot of “in other words” which helped hit home the key ideas. I will definitely come back and reread this to continue to absorb more.

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devinhock
May 16, 2018

A real eye-opener to the universe, providing a good understanding of some mind-bogging concepts, all in a quick-read format. This book makes an incredibly dense and complex field of science very accessible to the average reader. I found it quite easy to read as someone with only a basic education in physics (think high school level). The tone is conversational, making what might otherwise be an intimidating subject quite easy to get immersed in. Tyson does a good job at explaining concepts without using too much jargon.

JCLMartyJ May 10, 2018

I had to work at reading /listening to the CD audio of this book but it was worth it. Although I only understood about a third of what I read/heard, I came away knowing a whole lot more about astrophysics than I did before and feeling amazed at how this knowledge applies to what I see around me on a daily basis here on earth! Tyson is a genius who is somehow able to explain astrophysical concepts in an entertaining way, using lay terminology and inserting comical asides that made me laugh out loud! Highly recommended, even for those like me who don't have a 'head for science'.

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SmartyJo
May 10, 2018

I had to work at reading /listening to the CD audio of this book but it was worth it. Although I only understood about a third of what I read/heard, I came away knowing a whole lot more about astrophysics than I did before and feeling amazed at how this knowledge applies to what I see around me on a daily basis here on earth! Highly recommended, even for those like me who don't have a 'head for science'.

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susan_findlay
Apr 29, 2018

A quick enjoyable read. I was probably not the target audience (already knew most of the content; PhD in the physical sciences will do that) but the writing style was very light and clear so I have no doubt that a scientific background is completely unnecessary to follow this book.

I would highly recommend it to any layperson with an interest in space. Thanks to my husband who gave it to me for Christmas!

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woggy_doggy
Apr 21, 2018

Often dense and complicated, the conversational tone struck by Tyson makes this short collection a delight to read even if I didn’t fully understand all the concepts.

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1234567guy
Apr 12, 2018

It's a good book I reconmend it! (plz don't judge spelling..) (i'm bad at spelling)

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DavidSpencer99
Mar 16, 2018

I read this one because one of my oldest and most intellectual friends recommended it. I never did understand math, and it fascinates me that people like Newton, Einstein, and Hawking can not only think up this stuff in their heads but come up with ways to measure the phenomena and support their theories. If they keep digging, they might or might not find that God particle, but at least I now know a pulsar from a black hole. I even liked some of his nerdy jokes. I wasn’t bothered by the slight lack of coherence that one expects from a collection of essays, as opposed to a book-length treatment of the subject. Tyson fulfilled the promise in his title: an interesting glimpse for those of us who can’t or won’t spend the time it would take to really know workings for the universe.

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