Astrophysics for People in A Hurry

Astrophysics for People in A Hurry

Book - 2017
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"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 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, New York : W.W. Norton & Company, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780393609394
Characteristics: 222 pages ;,20 cm.


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Mar 16, 2018

I read this one because one of my oldest and most intellectual friends recommended it. I never did understand math, and it fascinates me that people like Newton, Einstein, and Hawking can not only think up this stuff in their heads but come up with ways to measure the phenomena and support their theories. If they keep digging, they might or might not find that God particle, but at least I now know a pulsar from a black hole. I even liked some of his nerdy jokes. I wasn’t bothered by the slight lack of coherence that one expects from a collection of essays, as opposed to a book-length treatment of the subject. Tyson fulfilled the promise in his title: an interesting glimpse for those of us who can’t or won’t spend the time it would take to really know workings for the universe.

Mar 10, 2018

As an engineer, I use applied math and science, to earn a living. Astrophysics is rather foreign to me, as it is more theoretical, so there is a lot in this book that was a little beyond my comprehension. When the book discusses the big bang, well the dimensions of space and time are just fairly beyond anything experienced by humans. But when it came to concepts like the center of gravity making heavenly bodies spherical rather than triangular or cubical, I could understand completely. This is just a great book for beginners, but don't expect to understand everything.

Mar 10, 2018

An overview of astrophysics. His narrative is similar to his reboot of the TV show "Cosmos". Worthwhile book if you're a curious person.

Mar 02, 2018

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains basics of astrophysics in layman's terms.

Fun fact: Most of the moons associated with the planets of our solar system are named after Greek gods (the planets themselves are named after Roman gods), except for Uranus's moons. That planet's moons are named after literary characters.

Feb 25, 2018

I have to confess, I'm an engineer, but this was easy to read. He explains things simply and intuitively. You don't have to learn calculus to learn some of and appreciate the wonders of the universe.

Feb 09, 2018

Neil Degrasse Tyson aims not only to educate, but to inspire readers in this short book. But because of this short book Tyson ends up moving from one topic to another quite quickly, and even though he references concepts over and over again, I found it difficult to keep the information straight in my head.

Jan 21, 2018

Very basic and essentially just a rambling narrative.

Jan 15, 2018

A glossary would have been helpful. Otherwise excellent, I learned a lot. Helped put things in context.

Dec 21, 2017

...universe lives in us! Dark energy prevails?
Suits me (poor at super big numbers and digits) well.

A prerequisite if one wants to fully enjoy “The Three-Body Problem” at ease.

Dec 15, 2017

The author's excitement and awe for the cosmos is contagious. He is almost like a "kid" in the candy store. There are bits of humor and lots of information for the regular reader.

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