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Universe Down to Earth

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This witty, often amusing exploration of the physical universe explains fundamental concepts in a language that is clear even to those with little or no science background. Tyson transforms everyday experiences into venues of cosmic enlightenment as he probes the philosophy, methods, and discoveries of science, including stellar evolution, the conservation of energy, the e ...more
Published November 23rd 1995 by Columbia University Press (first published 1994)
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Bob Nichols
There's no ovrall story here. This book is more like a dictionary, packed with some interesting factoids (e.g., Polaris/North Star is not true north but off by a couple of degrees, and will be off by 45 degrees in 12,000 years due to the wobbling of Earth's axis) that may be good for future reference. The short stories on the key elements are good, but the periodic table remains a mystery. We get a good description of the various forms of light (via wave variation) but no explanation of "electro ...more
I found the majority of this book to be rather dry compared to other writings from this author. Perhaps this is because the above book is an older title and he has time to rework his writing style since its publication.

In any event, tid bits of this were interesting, but the majority was just really wordy and failed at humoring me (and parts of this book are supposed to be funny). This book is supposed to present parts of the universe as well as basic concepts in science in a way that the averag
Mindi Beal
Neil de Grasse Tyson can make a chapter that is essentially a glossary of astronomy terms funny and easy to understand. It is particularly enjoyable if his voice is in your head when you read it.
Liza H
Easy to read and understand without feeling dumbed-down. Enjoyed the humor as well. I'm not sure my brain truly grapsed everything that was in there, but I certainly feel aquainted now with concepts that I'd never been able to grasp before.
Zach Heiden
I really enjoyed this book. It is written in a very approachable style, and it provides some insight into how professional star-gazers see and think about the universe.
Makes difficult subjects clear, with a touch of humor thrown in. Good.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools clear through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia.

Tyson's professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our
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