Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson


Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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I decided to read this book because it won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards in the Science & Technology category. It also seemed like a good book to read since my education is somewhat lacking in the subject of science.

I actually ended up getting a copy of this book on audio, which was really good for me because I’m sure I would have given up trying to read it had I actually been reading it. I just don’t know enough science that I know I would have been bogged down and frustrated.  As it was I loved the audiobook, and I don’t often love audiobooks. I really liked that Tyson was the one reading it, he has a really great reading voice that was both engaging and easy to listen to. I honestly should have been taking notes if I wanted to remember more of what I learned, but unfortunately I didn’t think of that till after.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry covers a lot of topics, and I learned about everything from space and the universe to the periodic table. There was a lot of information in this book and I’m planning on reading it again in a couple years just so that more will actually stick with me. Overall I really liked the book, and originally I gave it a 3.5 star rating but I think I actually will give it a 4 star rating.  It wasn’t my favorite books of the Science & Technology nominees, but it’s still a good book.

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