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? 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.
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780393609400
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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America’s most approachable astrophysicist distills the past, present, and (theoretical) future of the cosmos into a quick and thoroughly enjoyable read for a general audience.[...] A sublime introduction to some of the most exciting ideas in astrophysics that will leave readers wanting more.&quo... Read More »

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Jun 11, 2019

Accessible and exciting.

Apr 08, 2019

I've seen De Grasse Tyson on tv before and always found him a bit of a blow hard. Funny at times but basically just spews scientific facts showing off his vast knowledge but to little end. I got the book thinking that perhaps his writing would have more of a point to it but alas it seemed like more of the same. A lot of facts and he does have a good way of explaining things in layman terms. However, most of it seemed disorganized and rambling. The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra was much better read for me personally.

Mar 29, 2019

This doesn't quite reach the level of pop-science for me. It's a quick read (I read the first 115 pages or so in one sitting). However, I was probably only understanding about half of what I was reading. I found myself understanding the broad strokes of what NDT was trying to convey, but not the details.

I agree with an reviewer who said: "I suppose it isn't easy summarizing astrophysics in 200 short pages but this could have been better. He frequently does not explain certain concepts and ideas." I found there were too many concepts mentioned in a single sentence without any further explanation before NDT quickly moved on to another topic.

Mar 23, 2019

It was quite easy, entertaining and fast to read, considering the subject's complexity. The topic of dark matter/energy and the last chapter where he discusses some "grand scale" comparisons really got me thinking.

Feb 25, 2019

I don't agree with the comments here. This book is overrated. I suppose it isn't easy summarizing astrophysics in 200 short pages but this could have been better. He frequently does not explain certain concepts and ideas. I expected more from a 'science popularizer'. Also, the author's arrogance comes through from time time. Hawkings is much better. If this book was swallowed up by a black hole, the rest of the universe would be fine.

Feb 01, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyable and educational...I actually read it in one sitting. I wish this had been available to read before taking Astronomy in university...many years ago. It makes an excellent introduction to our universe and all of the mysteries it holds. Really helped to simplify some otherwise difficult concepts. Has made me want to learn even more!

Jan 12, 2019

I'm an idiot when it comes to math and science, these are subjects I've always struggled with. With that in mind, this book was an absolute pleasure to read! Neil Degrasse Tyson has a fantastic way of breaking dense, heavy content down beyond layman's terms into an engaging, whimsical, often times even humorous journey. I highly recommend this work if you're at all curious about our universe, and I fully intend on buying this book!

Nov 24, 2018

Illustrious and engaging without a single image, with expanses of time condensed into mere sentences. Leave it to Neil DeGrasse Tyson to bring the universe to your fingertips!

Oct 28, 2018

Love you Neil!!!

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.

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ArapahoeMaryA Dec 17, 2018

But what if the universe was always there, in a state or condition we have yet to identify—a multiverse, for instance, that continually births universes? Or what if the universe just popped into existence from nothing? Or what if everything we know and love were just a computer simulation rendered for entertainment by a superintelligent alien species? These philosophically fun ideas usually satisfy nobody. Nonetheless, they remind us that ignorance is the natural state of mind for a research scientist. 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.


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