Having made several appearances on the Daily Show and being featured in almost every documentary on space I have ever seen, Neil deGrasse Tyson may beHaving made several appearances on the Daily Show and being featured in almost every documentary on space I have ever seen, Neil deGrasse Tyson may be the only currently living astrophysicist you will ever recognize. Unlike Troy McClure's repeated appearance in almost every documentary to come from Springfield, this exposure is a good thing. Tyson tackles the subject matter with the glee of a five year old who just got his first telescope, and backs it up with the brain of an astrophysicist who has a PhD and runs the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
The book is from a series of essays he has written about various topics on the universe that have been edited slightly to make them work in a book. At times it sounds (I listened to the audiobook) like a textbook, at others, it is just a chance for Tyson to rant about the ignorance of humanity. Despite the weight of the former and potential personal vendetta of the latter, this is if not entertaining...extremely fascinating. Everything from describing the process of your body being ripped apart at the edge of the black hole to doing minor astrophysical experiments with a stick and mud in your back yard, it is all here portrayed (in my case very well by the reader) with the glee of the aforementioned five year old.
If you are looking to enlighten yourself a little more as to how the universe works and have not already taken a few astronomy courses, this is just the way to do it. Some of it can get a bit scientific, and those who are extremely sensitive about the whole God vs. Science argument may get upset at the later chapters, but I feel he treats all views with respect and does not come off as patronizing....... most of the time....more