Astrophysics for People in A Hurry

Astrophysics for People in A Hurry

Book - 2017
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Offers witty, digestible explanations of topics in cosmology, from the Big Bang and black holes to quantum mechanics and the search for life in the universe.
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393609394
Branch Call Number: 523.01 T988a
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 20 cm


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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.

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.

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.

Jun 15, 2017

Great interview on CBC's The Current June 15, 2017:

He sounds like an amazing speaker so I'm looking forward to the book!

debwalker Jun 02, 2017

To understand the laws that govern the universe. Summer of learning something

May 11, 2017

This is a quick and enjoyable read for anyone with a hint of interest in our expanding knowledge of the universe. It appropriately paints the universe with a broad brush and highlights some key details to help you put it all in perspective. Want more? Tyson has created an impressive list of books and TV programs that will help you find your way in the universe.

Check his interview at


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