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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

BOTTOM LINE: Tyson’s enthusiasm for his field is infectious, and his explanations make even the most complex theories understandable. So much love for all of it.

Genre: Nonfiction
Publication Date: 2 May 2017
Source: Mine. All mine.

Synopsis from the Publisher:

“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 bestselling 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 digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the 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.”

My Thoughts: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is nourishment for anyone who has ever looked at the sky and pondered what is out there. Dr. Tyson provides the perfect amount of information, getting into diverse and dense topics in such a way that anyone can understand them. The only caveat to that is the book operates under the assumption that you have at least heard of some of the topics already even if you have no idea what they are. While Dr. Tyson does satisfactorily explain everything, sometimes his explanations are brief, as befits the intention of the book.

The best thing about the book is Dr. Tyson’s enthusiasm. He loves astrophysics and wants everyone else to love it too. He brings the topics down to a comprehensible level just so others love it as much as he does, and it works. He venerates the universe and its myriad mysteries, and his enthusiasm is infectious. Moreover, he explains why he loves it so much, and you totally understand his reasoning. After three short hours listening to Dr. Tyson speak about dark matter, the planets, elements, neutrinos, and the like, suddenly the universe holds vast appeal for you too.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry makes me lament my career choice and wish I had given the field of astrophysics another look in college. It provides an excellent broad overview of the field, enough to make you dangerous at parties, and piques your interest to learn more about various specifics. Dr. Tyson is a delightful narrator, as anyone who has ever heard him speak can imagine. I enjoyed listening so much that I wish it had been longer and will be looking at some of his other published works.

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