Astrophysics for People in A Hurry

Astrophysics for People in A Hurry

Book - 2017
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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
Branch Call Number: 523.01 Tyso
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 20 cm

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writermala
Sep 10, 2017

If like me, you are intimidated by astrophysics, don't be because this book is a no holds bar account of the subject in simple language. I must confess I didn't understand all of it still but the before and after of reading the book is just astounding. Tyson has tried to make this extraordinarily difficult topic simple and has for the most part succeeded. You will not master the topic but you will know enough to talk intelligently about cosmology. I enjoyed the last chapter on perspective very much. It shows where we are in the whole scheme of things. I particularly liked Tyson's sense of humor for example when he talks of the constellation Sagittarius. "It is called Sagittarius Dwarf but should probably have been named Lunch," says Tyson! It is this lighthearted treatment of a very difficult subject that makes this book valuable.

Cynthia_N Aug 16, 2017

I won't say that I am an expert but I certainly feel a little smarter having read this book! Parts of it were difficult to understand but I'm thinking that might be the nature of astrophysics. I laughed out loud when he was talking about spheres and grocery stores! Recommended read!

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ladydrummer
Aug 05, 2017

Thoroughly enjoying this cool, little book. A relatively easy read full of points to ponder and humorous anecdotes. I highly recommend.

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LFCRED
Aug 03, 2017

Great book which is not that easy and takes time to really understand. Do not miss the last chapter. It is interesting to note that author states categorically that nothing can move faster than light and then in two places talks about entities that move faster than light. Check pages 40, 96 and 115. I am not a scientist. Perhaps that is why I am confused by this.

ontherideau Jul 29, 2017

A quick mind expanding read, not a text book.
"What we know is that the matter we have come to love in the universe-the stuff of stars, planets and life- is only a light frosting on the cosmic cake, modest buoys afloat in a vast cosmic ocean of something that looks like nothing."

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Marmee1984
Jul 17, 2017

Wow! This was written so well that even though I didn't understand some of the physics - I knew what I was reading about. DeGrasse Tyson's passion, knowledge, and intelligence come through in such an easy-to-read way. If anyone who reads this was not curious about the universe before - they will be after. His final chapter is the icing on the cake!

Beatricksy Jul 15, 2017

It's also a LOT of information very quickly, which means I'm going to retain not all that much of it. But it makes me want to sit under the stars and think for a while, so that's very worth it. I wish it had been a little less meandering, but I think that's the nature of the book: bite sized pieces of information that you probably aren't meant to read in one sitting. Regardless: you're made of star dust, and you're beautiful.

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JeffPerreault
Jul 10, 2017

Very disappointing, given all the high reviews. Book started out very intriguingly, but then seemed to be semi-directionless and unsubstantial. Granted, some of that would be expected from the title, but instead of hitting fast and hard, as it seemed to offer in the first chapter, it instead drifted towards whimsy, and spent valuable time there.

sundanced Jun 22, 2017

The perfect book for the non-scientist to learn about how humans are interconnected with all things in the universe.

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becker
Jun 17, 2017

This book talks about the science behind the creation and expansion of the universe in terms that are generally quite easy to follow. I started this book by listening to it in audio format but I found the information was coming at me too quickly and I was missing a lot of it. I switched over to a print copy and took my time with it, and my comprehension shot right up. The information is fascinating and really created for regular non-science people to enjoy. Also, it is quite a short book that you could probably read in 2-3 days. It just gives you enough information to dazzle you without bogging you down. I would highly recommend giving it a try.

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