Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

April 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

hurryAstrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE BOX.

To wit, the book tells you pretty much everything you need to know about astrophysics. It tells you about the Big Bang, black holes, quantum mechanics, relativity, and anything else you could think about physics as it applies to the universe. Tyson avoids talking about math and formulae, focusing instead on the concepts instead of the proof. It’s a great introduction to astrophysics, though I wonder if it will prepare the reader enough to make the leap to, say, A Brief History of Time.

I listened to the audio edition of the book, narrated by the author, and it was a fun listen. Tyson has a fun charm, which carries over to how he narrates the book. For me, Carl Sagan will always be “my” astronomer, just because of my age, but Tyson does a great job relaying the larger points of his science, delivered in short, easily-understood chunks. It’s a perfect book for people who look at the title and think, “Hey, that’s me!”

Started: February 7, 2018
Finished: February 12, 2018

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