Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
The #1 New York Times Bestseller: 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...more
At first, a few Skittles get into your mouth and you can taste them. Awesome, you think. I love Skittles.
Then, the Skittles become overwhelming, as more and more try to force themselves in, and millions and millions puddle around your feet, piling up past your knees.
That's kind of how this was.
I'm all about learning new things, but there were SO MANY FACTS IN SUCH A SMALL SPAN. By the time I h ...more
We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.Neil deGrasse Tyson, within 224 pages, attempts to cover the entirety space and time.
He does a pretty good job.
However, this is not Astrophysics for Dummies. There are assumptions made for the audience - you do need a bit of a working knowledge on particles and space to fully understand the significance of the text.
That being said, I could still (mostly) follow along ...more
From the big bang 14 billion years ago, to today. Milky way was formed 9 billion years ago, how it was named? How the planes and asteroids was named? How we fit in the universe, or the universe within us? Kuiper belt and Pluto, and wonder are we all Martians.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
"People who believe they are ignorant of nothing have neither looked for, nor stumbled upon, the boundary between what is known and unknown in the universe."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Physicists are a unique breed. Most people exist in a sphere that is directly impacted by the work of physicists, but only possess a minimal knowledge of some basic Newtonian physics. But even with this gap ...more
Neil deGrasse Tyson has the gift of helping non-geniuses get a slight clue on what those geniuses are talking about. Slight.
Don't even think you can sit down and read this baby in a night. It is definitely a read-a-chapter/think-for-a-bit kind of book. I read a chapter after each fiction book I was reading, and then I would talk about it with my genius son who somehow understands all this stuff. I homeschooled the kid. How does he know so much more than I do? I think he might have been cheating ...more
I had this on my watch list for a long time but didn't pull the trigger until it went on sale for $1.99.
Since the first movie I saw in the theater was a rerelease of Star Wars sometime in the early 80s, space has always given me a sense of wonder. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is an easily digestible summation of the universe, from the b ...more
I am always happy to see "normal" people like me interested in sciences instead of not caring or just accepting what they are told instead of questioning and discovering for themselves. Naturally, we can't all be scientists of the first grade, having deep knowledge of every aspect of the natural world (or technology or whatever). However, curiosity only killed the proverbial cat - in reality, it's vital and good.
Many people feel clubbed to death, h ...more
As a matter of fact, Ray, I DID study, though it was more than 20 years ago, so it’s entirely possible I’ve forgotten a thing or two…so you can suck it.
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s book is a joy. Do you need to have some basic grounding in physics to understand and appreciate it? Yes. If you have some basic grounding in physics, will you still ...more
This rating may be more reflective of my personal tastes than the book itself, as this is definitely about large-scale, broad-spectrum science. My interests always veer towards understanding people and the world around me, less than wondering about our beginnings or the scope of the cosmos. As much as I want to learn, all the theoreticals tend to bore me.
But, this book does a really great job of presenting the material from a grounded, real-world approach. Tyson uses funny anecdotes (m ...more
I have always been a science nut and had to get this book! The library was backed up so I know I wasn't the only one. I truly love the way he teaches the reader science on the reader's level without talking down to us. So many fun, witty remarks that stick the info in your head helps. He makes science fun! No wonder the kids these days know him, besides the fact he 'killed Pluto'. LOL. Wonderful book and I learned and laughed.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium, and the host of 'Star Talk' and 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.' Tyson is also a very funny guy, and his sense of humor lightens the 'lessons' in Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - which contains a brief overview of cosmology.
I'll just touch on some topics in the book I found interesting.....some new, some not so much.
Fourteen billion years ago the universe was teeny tin ...more
I love reading about science facts and that's what I expected but the subject is astrophysics which is defined as:
"the branch of astronomy concerned with the physical nature of stars and other celes...more
Look, most of this went WAY the eff over my head, not ashamed to admit. But, it was Neil deGrasse Tyson reading the foreign language of astrophysics, so I'm positive something got through. Osmosis or something.
I listen to his podcast, StarTalk sometimes, and that one is a bit easier to follow. Okay, a lot easier.
What did I take away? Oh, who am I kidding? I can't remember ...more
This is a short book, and I will recommend the audio read by the author. He is very passionate and exuberant about his topics, and it still came a ...more
I'll grant ya that it's not a huge tome, but the amount of info on every page is amazing. I often had to put it down and let just a few lines sink in.
If you truly want to grasp even just the edges of astrophysics you won't read this book in a hurry. You will take the t ...more
But, there are always enough nuggets to keep your true inner nerd interested: Like when he explains how Quarks have fractional charges that come in thirds, and ...more
This book was perfect for me. Written in an engaging, approachable style, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry has reignited my interest in science, particularly in astronomy. I learned a lot, only by rereading passages several times and then putting the book down to think for a few minutes before continuing, but mostly I came away with ...more
I guess I should start with Astrophysics for Dummies . . . Nah, just forget it.
I'm having a good laugh at my reading aspirations right now. I think I'll content myself with stargazing and wondering.
I am not worthy to rate this book.
I love Neil deGrasse Tyson and the way he so easily puts concepts into terms regular people can understand. I love how excited he gets about the universe. This short and simple book is a great intro to our place in the universe.
Also, watch the documentary "We are Stars" at your local planetarium if you get the chance (this book and that documentary go very well together).
I ❤ science!
Even Einstein thought he'd made ...more
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Tyson's professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our ...more