Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (non-spoiler review) // Look How Small We Are

Book: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Rating: 3.75 stars

Synopsis:

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.


INITIAL THOUGHTS

It’s been a goal to not read just YA fantasy this year so I decided to pick this one up! It sounded interesting and educational (how terrible) as well


EXECUTION

I really enjoyed it! Yes a lot of it did go over my head, but that’s science for you haha. For real though, as much as I don’t like science in school, I truly do enjoy the actual subject. Everything is explained really clearly and the author adds in comparisons and small anecdotes that break it up and keep it easy to follow! It was really informative and interesting! (funny at times too!)

It really put things into perspective and it’s just another reminder of how small and inconsequential we are.


TL;DR

I’d recommend reading this in small chunks, but who knows maybe you’ll read the whole thing in a few days like me.

If you don’t have much interest in science, I feel like it might not the book for you though

*I’ve heard the audio book is really great too! It may help to fully process everything


A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.

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Talk To Me

Have you read Astrophysics for People in a Hurry? What about Neil deGrasse Tyson’s other books? Is it on your TBR? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?


Until next time,

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